Becoming Empty Nesters

Becoming Empty Nesters
September 2, 2014 Our Circle of Moms

By: Abigail Ancherico, Guest Contributor

Empty nestDid you recently send your kids off to college or help them move into their very own apartment? After 18 (or more) years of parenting, it can be hard to let go. Getting used to a house with no kids can be an emotional roller coaster. Hopefully these tips will help you navigate the ups and downs letting your kids move on.

1. Talking to other parents:

When looking for advice and comfort, it can be helpful to reach out to parents who recently sent a child off to school. Being able to relate to other families with similar experiences will put you at ease to ask questions that any worried parent may have.

2. Understanding your child’s anxiety:

Your child is in the middle of letting go of the past and moving on to an exciting future. During this confusing transition, it is important to understand your child may anxious and nervous for what’s ahead. This could also explain their short temper or desire for independence.

3. Fulfilling your to-do list:

Once your child moves out, you may feel lost and unsure of how to fill the time. Redirect the focus onto yourself and your hobbies that you didn’t have time for when your kids lived at home. Make a list of hobbies, books, trips or house projects that will keep you busy.

4. Out of sight but not out of mind:

Maintaining balanced communication is key for the transitional period. Don’t be upset if your child doesn’t want to talk every day. New friends, demanding college course loads and the excitement of a new environment will keep them busy. But no matter how busy they are, all new college kids appreciate a care package or a letter to show they are missed.

How have you gotten used to an empty house? Share your favorite tips in the comment section below.

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