Are you in the process of settling into an empty nest? Empty Nesters are people who have raised their kids into adulthood and now live without them in the home. I must admit it is a strange time. I have been a mom for over twenty-three years and now I am not going to be one as far as day-to-day responsibilities go. Being an empty-nester can be a good thing. You’re not overwhelmed with the responsibilities of raising children. And your time can be spent on what you want to do, and it’s more relaxing than before. How does that sound?
When your kids are all grown up, they don’t really need you like they used to when they were little. They need you in a different way now. They’ll call for advice on life matters. And sometimes they may even share what’s going on in their lives. It’s important to keep eye-rolling to a minimum. You don’t want to discourage them from reaching out.
So what is there to do with your time after becoming an empty-nester? There are plenty of ways to keep yourself busy. If you are an entrepreneur, there is never “nothing to do”. But try to not fill all of your time with working. Afterall, there are many other facets to life like hobbies, volunteering, and learning new things.
And the kids will still come back home every once in awhile. But other than that you will live separately from each other now. And it may just be your husband and you there with two dogs who will seem content enough about being left behind while everyone else goes on their merry way!
You may also be busy caring for your parents at the same time. So your attention may shift to helping them now. What a blessing that will be to give back to the parents who have given so much over the years. At least we hope that was the case.
So as you can see, there are many good ways to look at the new phase of your life. It can be a great stage in life to embrace and enjoy with or without a partner. Take some time to adjust and then see what bubbles to the top for you. Then go out and give it a try. What have you got to loose?