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

Prevent the Empty Nest Syndrome From Hurting Your Marriage

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There are many things the two of you can do to prevent the empty nest syndrome from hurting your marriage.
  • Seek counseling if your empty nest marriage is showing signs of withdrawal, alienation, and negativity.

  • Accept that you will experience grief and that it hits men just as hard as it hits women. Empty nest dads may feel a sense of regret over things they didn't do and time not spent with their children.

  • Limit how often you call your kids.

  • Don't place guilt trips on your kids. This is especially important during the holidays.

  • Keep lists of each kids' favorite foods for when they visit or when you put together a care package to send out.

  • Develop a flexible mindset and be open to change.

  • Work on becoming friends with your adult children.

  • Don't rush into volunteer roles, travel, taking classes, moving, or emptying out a kid's room. You have plenty of time.

  • Schedule dates with each other.

  • Make a list of things you have never done but would like to do.

  • Make some short-term and long-term plans on how you will spend your money and time.

  • If you are thinking about downsizing, see if you can declutter and simplify your life without moving.

  • Before making a move to a new location, make sure you have truly double checked your tax situation, and tax benefits from selling and buying, along with analyzing maintenance and utility costs in the new location.

  • Don't make assumptions about what your spouse is thinking or wanting to do.

More Empty Nest Syndrome Coping Tips:

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

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

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

Empty Nest Couples -- Marital Burnout

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