We are never really prepared for The Empty Nest Transition as our young adults take the next step into adulthood. But a few simple tips help us stay Ultra Strong!
The Empty Nest Transition
When you bring your precious bundle of joy home from the hospital, the last thing on your mind is the future. At least not far past the next feeing or diaper change. They need you 24/7 for sheer survival.
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As our kids get a little older we are suddenly humbled by their ability to leave our side. Remember that feeling when your little one walked away with barely a look in your direction on the first day of kindergarten?
Each year they remind us more and more how they don’t need us. All the while we are carpooling them to activities, reminding them of forgot homework and folding their laundry for the 1000th time.
The reality is our children will always need our strength and support, but there comes a time when they move out on their own.
It might be at 17 to live in the dorms on campus across town, or like my kiddo to join the Army. Maybe they are in their 20’s living at home until their finish grad school or travel for a fellowship. Regardless of when it’s gonna happen folks!
The Empty Nest Transition
So first off remember that they will still need you! We all have moments of useless panic at the thought of being obsolete.
Once you realize this IS going to happen be practical about the move itself. Don’t try to pack almost 2 decades of memories into one tiny starter apartment or dorm room.
Before the kid left we went through all of his stuff. Hefty Ultra Strong Kitchen Trash Bags were the perfect thing to bag up the items we took the local donation center. Too bad John Cena wasn’t here to help with the heavy lifting! *wink*
The few items I kept for sentimental reasons and his belongings we are going to ship later were also sealed into Hefty Ultra Strong Kitchen Trash Bags before we boxed it all up.
I know the Active Tear Resistant Technology will help protect his belongs when we ship the boxes to his future duty station, while the Arm & Hammer patented odor neutralizer will help keep away any funky odors.
Now that your kiddo has made the big leap don’t forget this is about you too!
We worry so much about them we forget our own new found freedom. Sure it is nerve-wracking wondering what they are up. But you know what, they have no idea what you are doing either! So relax and enjoy this next phase of life.
We raised them well!