Becoming Empty Nesters
Whether it’s the first or the last child leaving, becoming an empty nester doesn’t mean you’re entering an empty life. In this episode, the moms discuss the benefits and challenges of watching their children enter adulthood.
“I look forward to seeing my kids thriving and I’m so proud of them,” said Dr. Cathy Subber.
More Free Time
After years of spending much of your free time watching your children play sports or perform in shows; shuttling them to and from playdates, parties, school, and religious education; and keeping them fed, clothed and clean, you are now free to spend your off-hours doing whatever it is you want to do.
“When you leave that last one at college, and you come back and there’s no one at the house, and the calendar is wide open,” said Kristen Jungles.
Rebuild Your Relationship
An empty nest is the best time to shift your focus from making others happy to making yourself happy. You can rediscover your relationship in a positive, exciting way, or make a change to whatever your situation is.
“The challenge for my husband and I is that we’re dating again!” said Patti Minglin.
When the Kids Come Back
One of the greatest joys of an empty nest is when your young adults come back to visit. The thrill of seeing them walk through the door, whether every week or once a year, is something every parent will grow to look forward to and appreciate as their children grow up and away from home.
“We still take two family vacations a year together, of course we pay for them, but whatever if it brings us together,” added Kim White.
More from The Moms Network
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- Dr. Cathy Subber
- Patti Minglin
- Kristen Jungles
- Kimberly White
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