5 Tips for Adjusting to an Empty Nest

Walk Around Naked
Now you can act like this without embarrassing your children.
Now you can act like this without embarrassing your children.
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OK, so maybe you shouldn't actually walk around completely naked. You might, after all, have nosy neighbors or live in a particularly cold climate. But take this tip as a metaphor for reconnecting in your marriage. Some empty nest horror stories involve couples who spent decades raising children together, only to find out once the children were gone that they had nothing in common anymore. Now that it's just the two of you, you might need to make an effort to reconnect. Have some date nights or take a second honeymoon. A study conducted in 2008 found that most couples experienced higher levels of marital satisfaction once they had more time and energy to devote to the relationship [source: Association for Psychological Science].

If you're a single parent, you may not have dated as much as you wanted because of your children. This may be a time for you to get out there and mingle, or at least meet people that help you turn your primary focus back on yourself. One avenue for meeting new people might be provided by our next tip.

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