How to adjust to being an empty nester

On Behalf of | May 24, 2022 | Elder Law, Estate Planning |

Many parents look forward to the day when their children live on their own. Parents associate this step with being able to pursue more of their own interests after caring for children for 18 years or more. However, even though this time period is something to look forward to, it is not always a joyous time and requires some acclimation.

Here are a few ways to adjust to being an empty nester in Georgia.

1. Re-assess financial affairs

Becoming an empty nester is a good time to re-assess your financial affairs, including any wills or trusts that you have previously drafted. For example, if your adult children now live far away, you may want to see if someone closer can handle these affairs. Alternatively, you may check to ensure that your children are still willing and able to do so. Even if you are young and in good health, it is never too early to plan ahead.

2. Reach out to family and friends

Being an empty nester can be lonely, even if you have a spouse with whom you reside. This is a good time to reach out to family and friends that you previously were not able to spend much time with.

3. Communicate with your spouse

If you are married, make extra time to communicate with your spouse after the kids have left. Empty nesters are particularly prone to depression and other factors that may lead to dissatisfaction within the marriage.

Knowing how to adjust to an empty nest allows you to better cope with the absence of your adult children.

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