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How to Survive and Thrive in an Empty Nest

by msnatali

You've just dropped the last of your brood off at the dorm; now it is time to face your empty nest.

This generation of mothers often talk with pride about their children and express a sense of relief and joy as they watch their children grow into their own. Moms sending their youngest to college now are less likely to experience the classic empty nest syndrome. Few describe lingering depression, apathy, and loss of identity when children leave the nest.

While the question may no longer be "Who am I if I'm not taking care of the kids?" the reality is that many mothers find themselves with a renewed sense of freedom. As it turns out, dads are the ones taking their child's departure to heart. According to a 2008 study from Wheaton College, fathers were actually less emotionally prepared for an empty nest than mothers.

The secret isn't so much figuring out how to cope with a kid at college as it is figuring out how to take advantage of the situation. If you're looking to reorient your life after a recent vacancy, the following steps will help you discover that the empty nest isn't a bad thing at all.

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