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Your son or daughter got married this summer or maybe your kids are newly ensconced in their college dorm rooms and now you are feeling the void. It can be a depressing moment in your life for some moms and dads, but for others it’s a guilty, but liberating experience, says the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Either way, you will need to adjust to a new lifestyle. But, as Bill Cosby once put it: “Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.”
So, use the extra time and space you’ve gained wisely, notes AMAC. Use the time to travel, if you will, but make sure you’ve left the kids with a set of keys so they’ll have someplace to stay if they come back for a visit while you are gone. And, use their old rooms for new purposes such as a studio or an office but provide space for a bed or sofa bed as well as closet space because they are not gone for good.