Tips for new empty-nesters

Busy parents may dream of the day when they can have time to themselves again. But sometimes when the last child leaves home, parents are left with feelings of sadness and loss. This is known as “empty nest syndrome.” Empty nest syndrome happens to many parents. But, there are some ways to help prepare for it and cope with it once it happens.

 

Pick a hobby with your spouse. Having an empty nest means you and your partner have more time to do fun things together. This can help you improve your relationship too.

 

Get support from friends and family. Talk to those who have been through the empty nest experience.

 

See a doctor if you think you may have depression.

 

Stay in contact. Talk to your child over the phone, in texts, or online whenever you can.

 

Look for new opportunities. Have you been putting off taking a class, working toward a promotion, or other interests? Now may be the time to try it.

 

Experts point out that an empty nest isn’t always a time of sadness. Many parents find they enjoy their newfound freedom, according to the American Psychological Association. With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch. And many parents are excited to get more time for their own goals once their children are grown.

 

Source: Vanderbilt University Child and Family Center

 

 

Not-so-empty nest

The number of adult children living with their parents is higher today than ever. Between 2005 and 2011, the percentage of young adults living in their parents’ home went up, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The percentage of men age 25 to 34 living in their parents’ home rose from 14 percent in 2005 to 19 percent in 2011. For women of the same age, it rose from 8 percent in 2005 to 10 percent in 2011.

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