You’ve raised them since they first opened their eyes. You saw their first steps, picked them up when they fell down and watched them grow into young adults. For all of the time spent taking kids to soccer practice or dropping off forgotten homework assignments, many parents wished for extra time for themselves. However, when that wish is granted, and their children move out, many of these same parents don’t know what to do. If you are one of these parents, try to keep the following in mind:
Even though it might not seem like it, there was a time before you had kids. Prior to a devoted career as a parent, many people had different dreams or interests. Now is the time to indulge. Ever dream of seeing the Eiffel Tower in Paris or want to complete a marathon? Now is the time to do it!
Absent But Not Gone
Once children are on the way to live their own lives, parents might feel a void. For parents suffering from empty nest syndrome, remember: even though your kids are out of the house, it does not mean that they are out of your life. Continue to act as a mentor. Help your kids find the best deals on apartments for rent. Meet with them frequently to ensure that the transition is working for both of you.
The transition is always difficult. However, if, rather than allowing feelings of emptiness to linger, parents take the opportunity to find something else to fill their lives while maintaining a healthy parent-child relationship, it can become a positive change for all concerned.