Coping when your kids fly the nest can be seriously tough, and so many parents struggle with it to a different degree. It may help you to be prepared for the things that you might feel and how you can cope with those feelings for when the time comes. Read on if you want to learn more…
You And Your Partner Can Feel Completely Different Things
Just because you’re feeling a bit like your world has ended, doesn’t mean your partner will too. In fact, they might be the ones suffering from empty nest syndrome, while you just feel free and happy! However you’re feeling when they move out, you shouldn’t feel bad about it. A variety of emotions are normal and embracing them is one of the best things you can do.
Don’t expect your partner to feel the same way that you do and do your best to understand one another while adjust to this big change!
Coping With Empty Nest Syndrome
There are a few ways to make empty nest syndrome a little easier. Stay in touch with your children – you don’t have to stop speaking to them just because they’ve moved out! Text them and call them as regularly as they are comfortable with. Invite them over once a week to have dinner. Schedule Skype chats. Stay in touch with them and it’ll easy your empty nest syndrome somewhat.
Speaking to a pro will also help you. If you’re really struggling to come to terms with this, then a professional can help you to get your feelings in check and come up with ways to combat them.
Should You Downsize?
One thing to think about can be downsizing. You don’t want to feel like you’re rattling around your home with too much room. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be spending far more than you need to on bills and mortgage, if you haven’t paid that off yet. Take a look at our tips for downsizing to get an idea of what you need to do. This isn’t something that you need to do right away, so don’t feel pressured to move out now. Sorting out your feelings first is important, and then you can say bye to your old home properly.
Connecting With Your Partner
Take this as an opportunity to connect with your partner again. Many couples don’t realize that they haven’t felt properly connected in a while, but now you have all the time in the world to feel close again.
Finding A Purpose
Finding a new purpose now your kids have gone is important. Try out hobbies you never had time to try before, and see what you enjoy doing. You might find more time for painting, exercise, going to classes – whatever you feel you want to try.
How do you think you’ll cope when your kids fly the nest? Leave any of your own thoughts and tips below for people who might be suffering with the same thing!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.