Written by Taylor Boone
Welcome to a new chapter in your life. Your children have left and you find yourself as an empty nester. It’s time to relish in your children's accomplishments and feel proud they are starting their own life. This new phase is exciting and allows a freedom to start the next chapter of your life. Below are some tips to help you settle into your new life.
If you aren’t already on social media, consider joining one of the platforms. Adding your child on social media will help you stay connected to their daily activities. Video chatting is another way to keep in touch. When either party is feeling lonely or homesick, simply give them a call over video chat for a more personal connection. Today's technology and social media capabilities allow us to stay in touch, no matter where we are in the world.
Fill Your Time
If you’ve spent the last 17+ years waking up early, preparing lunches and driving your children to school, you may not know what to do with the extra hours in your day. Join a fitness group or a local club that aligns with the passion you put on the backburner. Reconnect with your partner to do the things you love and get back to a place where it’s all about you two.
Rearrange Your Home
You may have the urge to completely overhaul your child’s room, but keep in mind they more than likely will be coming back for the holidays, maybe even sooner. Think of the room as your new guest space, rearrange furniture, clean out the drawers and closets for extra storage. Not having to cater your home’s flow to the demands of children can bring new life to areas that were being used for different reasons.
While being an empty nester will be an adjustment, use this time to get back to your roots and create a space personalized for your new lifestyle. Considering a downsize to your home? Speak with a local Lighthouse agent for a quote on a potential contender.