Think About Your Own Self
It is very likely that you may have “empty nest” syndrome after your child’s departure. The “emptiness” at home may seem odd. Here are a few suggestions that may help you:
- For a long time, you cared for your child. Now you do have some time for yourself. Think about what you wanted to do but could not find time. Painting? Planting exotic flowers? Now is the time.
- After your child’s departure, you may need to rethink your relationship with your partner. It is likely that your interest have diverged over time. Explore them. You may find it surprising that there are a lot of new things that you can do together.
- Your child may be away, but they are not really away from you. Certainly, you can arrange some activities that you can do with your child and enjoy together. Their new world may bring you many new opportunities for you, too.
- You are not alone. Many parents experience the same feelings as you do. If possible share your experiences with them and be open to new ideas and suggestions.
- You played an important role in your child’s success. Every now and then, remind yourself that you are a successful parent and be proud.