When Ocean County Kids Leave Home: Advice for Empty Nesters
It seems that each year, more of my friends are becoming "Empty Nesters." Kids are going off to college, or have moved away to start a new job.
While parents are happy to see their kids' spread their wings and fly, it can be a challenging adjustment to make after spending so many years living with them 24/7. Sudden long-term separation must feel like a loss so feelings of grief and sadness are totally normal, according to mental health experts.
I asked some of my friends what advice they would give to parents whose children have flown the coop. Here are some of their suggestions:
- Start doing the things that previously had "someday" status
- Learn something you've always wanted to learn
- If you don't have a hobby, find one
- Schedule a celebration for the "launching" of your children
- Slow down and enjoy the free time you now have
- Enjoy having your privacy back
- Find ways to reconnect with your spouse
- Use technology (Video chats, texting, etc.) to communicate with your kids
What advice would you add to the list? Please share in the Comments section.