Rekindle Your Romance with Your Spouse
Through the years of raising your children, your marriage may not have gotten as much attention as it should have, if your focus was “all things” relating to the kids. Now, you have the freedom to rekindle the romance in your marriage. Don’t give up on each other; rediscover one anther! Surprise each other with overnight “get-a-ways,” meet during the work day for lunch, after work for happy hour, go for walks together and share what’s important to you at this stage of your life. Reminiscence together, focusing on the positive memories and learning from the more difficult times (Yes, they happen and it’s how we deal with them as a couple that determines whether our relationship grows stronger as a result of the experience.) Really listen to one another (put the electronics away). Make an effort to spend more time together and doing fun and exciting activities as a couple. Try a something new together and don’t forget to play, laugh and be silly regardless of your age! Remember age…is just a number. Do you want to do something that significantly benefits your children? Let them witness a loving, meaningful and happy marriage. Show them what it looks like so they can achieve the same in their life. Either way, strengthening your marriage will benefit your family, you as an individual and your relationship with your spouse. Be committed, roll up your sleeves and make it happen together! Happiness is a choice…
Prepare Your Child for the Real World
Prior to your children graduating from high school, make sure your child is prepared to live independently. Teach them how to cook, do laundry, and how to use a checking account/budget and debit card responsibly. All of these skills will help them function as an adult. If done, it will ease your worries as parents in regard to whether your child is ready to “leave the nest.” Therefore, instead of spending time worrying, you can spend time enjoying this next phase of your life.
Pursue New Hobbies
Have you always been interested in learning a new language, pursuing a new sport, or dusting off that old guitar to start playing again? Now is the time to get back into an old hobby, or pursue a new one. You can also find hobbies that you and your spouse can participate in together; you could work out together, go hiking, or start watching a new TV show. Enjoying your time as an individual and as a couple is always healthy!
Here at Behavioral Compass Group, we believe that nurturing the relationships in your life is important and valuable. We help parents cope with empty nest syndrome and help others who are going through a variety of life transitions. Regardless what you are going through, you are not alone! To schedule an appointment, call us today at 860.470.3649!