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Coping with the Empty Nest: Tips to Help You Adjust to Your Kid’s Absence

Coping with the Empty Nest: Tips to Help You Adjust to Your Kid’s Absence

Rediscovering yourself– tips to help you cope with an empty nest and continue to foster enduring relationships.

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Whether you’ve just sent your child off to college, they’ve moved across the country for a new job, or your empty nest is a result of your kid already having graduated, it can be difficult to adjust to having an empty house. Here are some tips for coping with an empty nest:

1. Rekindle relationships – An empty nest is a great opportunity to spend time with your family, friends, and acquaintances that you may have fallen out of touch with. Take advantage of the newfound time to plan dinners, trips, and reunions with the people you care about that you haven’t seen in a while.

2. Pursue a new hobby – A great way to cope with an empty nest is to find a new hobby. From joining a yoga class, to taking up a new instrument, there’s no better time than the present to embrace something new. You could even take a class in a field you’ve never explored before, or encourage your partner to pick up something they’ve always dreamed of doing.

3. Enjoy activities your kids enjoyed – One of the best ways to cope with an empty nest is to visit the places that you and your kids shared together. Going out to eat or to see a movie can bring up happy memories and remind you that the bond that you share with your children is still there, even if they’ve gone off on their own.

4. Keep yourself busy – Filling your time with activities and volunteering is an excellent way to stay engaged and active as you adjust to an empty nest. Not only can it give you a sense of purpose, but it also can provide a little distraction from thinking about what your home feels like without your kids.

5. Spend quality time together – Setting aside quality time with your children when they come home to visit can be a really meaningful way to ensure that you don’t lose touch during this transition. Make sure to also take a little bit of time every day or week to call or text them and touch base, so that distance will not be an issue.

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