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The looming empty nest

Friday, January 18, 2013

I stll have about four years until I will experience this, yet it is looming it's uncertain head. Having dedicated the past 17 years to my dear daughters' upbringing and education, I am beginning to wonder what my future holds. Little did I suspect those many years ago that the economy would tank and employment options would be so limited. I do not regret in the least staying home and teaching my daughters...They have grown to be wonderful young ladies with bright futures...Yet, I am wondering what the next half of my life will look like. Would I reopen my homedaycare? Would I go work in an outside preschool? Would I return to school to be trained in another different field(assuming I could find the money for this)? Would I even be able to get hired after being out of the workforce for over 10 years? emoticon
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  • v BILL60
    Lucky for us that we prepared for our son's college very early on. He's a freshman now and the $$ for his schooling is set. Our goal was not to saddle him with student loans.
    1283 days ago
  • v WALKINGGRANDMA
    You have a lot of options open. I don't know if you need financially to work but if you don't, there are a lot of other things you can do. You will find the right thing to fill your life.

    I know the looming empty nest is hard. The focus of your life changes in many ways. I still could never work and have plenty to do. The things I do has changed, but I'm as busy as ever. However, I found myself needing to work and support my family, so it is a blessing that I could.

    I know you will find the right thing to do in your life to give you focus and something that will help you feed your soul.
    1283 days ago
  • v REFINING_LIFE
    It's good to start thinking and preparing now. I now that's what my parents have been doing ever since the youngest graduated high school. They've been planning and trying to figure out what their lives will be once there are no more kids in college to worry about!
    1283 days ago
  • v COOP9002
    My wife went back to work after being out of the workforce for over ten years. Our youngest daughter will be starting middle school next year, so we felt that this might be a good time for her to give it a shot. She has been blessed with a great job that she loves.

    Our two daughters are about 12 years apart. So we will not be having the empty nest for quite a while.

    Blessings upon you as you make this important decision.
    1284 days ago
  • v VIXSTERLU
    It's great that you are thinking about this now and beginning to do the pre-planning. I can't imagine this yet, my little one is only 9, way too far off. And who knows, the economy and employment options may completely turn around by the time you have to do anything? One can hope.
    1284 days ago
  • v IGSBETH
    Difficult questions. Good luck!
    PS If the house feels too empty, you can always consider hosting an exchange student.
    www.ciee.org/highschool
    1284 days ago
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