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If you find yourself just completely baffled at what you can do, get a piece of paper and pen and start jotting down things you like to do or things you use to like or want to do when kids were small but didn’t have time for. This may even be a good time to jot down some of “new” projects you’d like to try. You might be surprised at how fast paper fills up.
Do you like to sew? Cook? Go Fishing? Climb mountains? Do crafts of any kind? Some are really getting into Scrap Booking right now. Been thinking of getting a part time (or full time) job? Maybe if you’ve been working you can change jobs or go for that promotion? Possibly, you’ve been working and now want to quit? LOL, list could be endless. It’s all about what you want to do now. Some Moms have even gone back to school and earned degrees and started all new careers.
Seems like whether we like it or not, kids grow up and we have to move on with our lives (they certainly are!). Don’t you think it’s what they would like to see anyway, that we are adjusting and moving on, after all, we don’t really want to make them feel guilty for growing up, do we? This time of our lives can be what we make it, so let’s make best of it!
Remember also, that a lot of us are starting to go through Menopause at this time of our lives, which doesn’t exactly help (alas, trials of ‘womanhood’!). So if you are really experiencing a lot of depression and finding it hard to work though all of this, don’t be afraid or shy to talk to your family doctor or minister. You may even want to consider professional counseling. It’s certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Think of your health and well-being. Try to make most out of your life and be happy and content.
For those of you who would like to communicate with other moms going though this “Empty Nest Phase” please feel free to check out forum on Empty Nest Moms, “Live After Nest Empties”. You’ll find you really aren’t alone or “going crazy” as some of members have put it, plus you’ll receive lots of support from those that know almost exactly how you are feeling!
You’ll find many topics to choose from as we have moms that are in different phases of this Empty Nest, all ready to jump in with support and suggestions.
Don’t forget, “you’re always going to be their Mom!”
Jeanine Herrin Empty Nest Moms www.emptynestmoms.com Be sure to visit new Empty Nest “On-Line” Magazine! www.emptynestmagazine.com
Jeanine Herrin is the creator of Empty Nest Moms, a website for Moms going through that Empty Nest phase, to find loads of support from many members on the message forum "Life After the Nest Empties", who know just what you're going through! And now brought to you my ENMoms is the new "On-Line" Empty Nest Magazine, with a mixture of features, fun and resources from the web along with several monthly columns of great interest.