For many parents, their lives change drastically as soon as a child goes away to school. While this is an important step for these students, who are starting their own lives, this does not make the change for parents any easier.
Tips for Dealing with Empty Nest Syndrome
Interestingly, there is an informal condition labeled empty nest syndrome that describes this exact process — the process of a parent who is suddenly faced with an empty nest, or no children at home. What do you do when this happens to you?
- Realize the child is not out of your life, just exploring the world. Do not take it personally that your child is no longer at home with you.
- Take a vacation. Start a new business. Do something new and exciting that takes away from your thoughts of “losing your child.” You may find new opportunities at EarnMyDegree.com, if you want to go back to school yourself.
- Find ways to be around other people more often. Join clubs or attend various organizational events. Getting around others is important.
- Do find new ways to become yourself. For many of these parents, raising their children defined who they are. Now it is time to become yourself in a new and exciting way.
- Take time to relax. You may now have the time you need to spend with friends and family. It is also a good time to catch up with your spouse. Try activities you and your spouse can do together.
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