"Adolescence is perhaps nature's way
of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest."
- Karen Savage and Patricia Adams
(The Good Stepmother)
Coping with the Empty nest
1. Re-invest in your marriage.
As many joys as they bring...
children can sometimes be hard on a marriage...
now you have the time to spend with your mate.
Do things together again.
2. Pursue an interest.
Learn something new that you have been
wanting to do but never had the time before
or renew an old interest.
Go back to school,
pick up a part-time job,
do volunteer work,
get more involved with your church,
concentrate on your spirtual life
and spend more quality time with God.
3. Go places and see things
that you had always talked about.
Travel... as long as you are able,
get out and see the world...
see some of God's glorious creation.
It need not be far from home.
Get a camera (digital cameras help make things
easier and more cost efficient),
photograph and record a journal/scrapbook
if you feel so inclined.
Some of these same ideas can be applied
to someone entering retirement.
Your life's journey is not over.