With August quickly approaching and kids getting ready to go off to college, many of you are going to be experiencing the “empty nest” for the first time. Are you prepared? We take steps to prepare for other major events in our life – marriage, a new job, a move, a new baby – why should the empty nest be any different?
When children leave home, be prepared to experience a sense of loss. It’s one less place to set at the table, one less person coming and going, one less set of sheets to wash, one less person to get a hug from on a daily basis. If this is your last child to leave home, it means putting your daily parenting role on the back burner. There will still be an occasional crisis to handle – many times a need for money – but there will also be broken relationships, disappointments with grades, or frustration over a (more…)