An empty nest & room: How to cope when kids leave home

You’ve spent years changing nappies, driving kids to dance classes and soccer training, tenderly wiping away the tears of unrequited teenage love, and absorbing the stresses of year 12 or university exams.

You may have even fantasised about what life would be like if you only had more time to yourself, or with your spouse, when your kids weren’t so dependent and in need of your emotional, physical, financial, and psychological resources.

Now, seemingly overnight, that stage has arrived and your last, or only, child is ready to depart home, leaving you either alone, or with your partner, to navigate a new stage of life as empty nesters.

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