Temporary Empty Nest Syndrome

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your house back to yourself again? To be free of the accumulation that builds up whenever there are kids around regardless of their ages? Or at least to put it all away for a little while? time

We are about to have the opportunity to find out about this. 

This school year my son will be going back to his 3rd year of computer studies at university and my daughter will be starting in medical sciences at college. Both will be living away from home. Even though they won’t be here for most of the next few months I will still worry about them. Is that a mother instinct? It’s not a switch you can just turn off. 

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It’ll be the first time since my son was born 20 years ago that I won’t have to actively mother every day. I’m not sure how this will feel. Probably like withdrawal. Because it’s my daughter’s first time away I’m sure it’ll be a tapering off process while she gets used to her independence, the new environment and her extremely intense class schedule. It’ll be an amazing time of firsts for her. 

My son is an old pro at this now and he’ll settle back in faster. 

But seriously, after the first few weeks I’m going to need to find something to do with myself. For the past 20 years my life has revolved mainly around these two kids and it is a strange thought that they will not need me as much anymore – one I have yet to come to terms with. empty nest time

I’ve been a stay at home mum for most of that time taking work I can do when their dad was home or working from home. I went back to school when they were old enough to look after themselves and have had regular work contracts. Blogging has been good for that too but I feel like it might be time to get out of the house on a more regular basis for a change. I think a part time job to start. 

Obviously this fall will bring many changes for our family and although I’m unsure about where my path is going to lead me, I’m also excited and ready for it. Any advice would be appreciated! 

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