What is your best strategy to overcome the Empty Nest Syndrome?
Get some hobbies like beading, ceramics or something you enjoy doing,like joining a health club. Make use of the "extra" space by making a media room or exercising room. Get out meet new people, travel and make use of the extra time.
If it's not too late, the best strategy is to avoid it altogether by making sure your life doesn't solely revolve around your kids. From the moment they're born, it's vital that you maintain a life of your own, just as you did before you had kids. Keep time for yourself. Take care of yourself and maintain some quality of whatever made you YOU before kids. We raise children in order to let them go when they grow so it's important there's something left of us when that happens. Take care of yourself as a person and if you have a spouse or partner, maintain what matters as a couple so that you aren't strangers to each other when you find yourselves a "twosome" again.
I agree with greatparenting--my oldest is a freshman in high school and I'm already anticipating the day when I won't be helping her manage her busy schedule. I've gotten involved with a non-profit organization that's meaningful to me, and I'm starting to pick up some of the hobbies (needlework, reading) that I dropped when I had three small children. Still, I know I'll feel some pangs when she and her siblings leave home--I think only time will soothe those.
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