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When the Kids are Gone -- Things You'll Notice Right Away That are Different

Share Awarenesses and Feelings With Each Other

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After the kids have left home, you will notice some changes in your home and lives. Some are great, some are sad. Being aware of what's different and how those makes you feel is an important step in avoiding the negative aspects of the empty nest syndrome.

Share your feelings and awarenesses with one another.

  • You may feel a sense of emptiness and loneliness.

  • You are delighted to see emails from your kids or have them call you.

  • Your grocery bills are lower.

  • Abandoned pets need feeding.

  • There's food in the refrigerator.

  • The house stays clean.

  • You look forward to receiving pictures from the kids.

  • You only have to wash clothes and towels once a week.

  • Your calendar is often just as busy as it ever was, but it is filled with fun things to do with one another.

  • Your home is quiet.

  • There's hot water when you want it.

  • The phone rings less.

  • Your water bill takes a dive.

  • You can use the computer whenever you want.

  • Your attic is full of boxes of the kids' mementoes and belongings they need stored for awhile.

  • You may keep some of your kids' favorite stuffed animals or toys where you can see them.

  • You notice that when the kids visit, you have to pick up the pace of your life again during their stay.

  • You can make love on the living room sofa in the middle of the day.

More Empty Nest Syndrome Coping Tips:

Empty Nest Marriages -- The Sad News and the Good News

Now That You are Alone -- Topics the Two of You Should Discuss

Empty Nest Marriage syndrome Coping Tips -- Things the Two of You Need to Do

Empty Nest Couples -- Marital Burnout

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