By: Kathleen Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
When your child(ren) leave home for the first time, the transition to having an empty house can be challenging. It can also be very exciting! Similar to retirement, divorce, or any life transition, the range of emotions can vary and how you manage your time, feelings, finances and relationships through that transition can have an impact on your well-being and lifestyle.
Having a child is a life-changing event. So is having a child leave home. Being mindful of what you are feeling and the impact this transition is having on your mood and your day-to-day activities is important. Finding positive and healthy ways to manage your time like exercising, taking a class or simply doing something that you love can help improve your mood and allow you to make the transition with greater ease. If you have your sights set a bit higher, taking stock of your finances and your goals will help you and your spouse find empowerment in your new independence as empty nesters.