|After the kids leave for college, exercise your brain and take a class to learn a new hobby.|
When the Kids Go to College:
Wake Up Your Brain Cells: Take a Class
Your children are exercising their brain cells. Why not exercise yours? Check your local listings for community courses. Choose a new hobby such as photography, quilting, art or music. Take a class and you could become an expert in your new area of expertise. You might even find courses focusing on more active hobbies such as hiking or skiing. Cake decorating and sewing are popular “empty nester” courses. Community courses are often held at your local high schools or libraries and they are usually inexpensive although the prices vary widely depending on the nature of the course. Pick one and have fun.
|You Are Never Too Old to Go On A Date – photo by Daniel E Lee|
The Kids Are Gone – Learn to Date Again
Attend an Empty Nest Meet Up Group
Some communities offer empty nest meet up groups. These groups are organized meetings for others in your local area who are at the same place in their lives as you, facing an empty house and loneliness after the kids have left home. Enter your zip code here to see if there is a group in your area. If there isn’t one, perhaps you can start one. Empty nest meet up groups provide opportunities for single parents and “old married couples” to meet other people and other families, develop new friendships and share common interests. Give it a try.
|Keep a Good Attitude|
Keep a Positive Attitude
can seem overwhelming. The following video teaches us a little bit about Empty Nest Syndrome, how to handle it and how to recover.