Do you ever wonder what you might do after the kids are self-sufficient and don’t need you to be there at their disposal? The time saved by not having to drop your kids off at school, or drive them from one activity to another on weekends? And as much as you love your kids, the idea of having so much time for yourself sounds blissful. Sure, for the first few days and weeks that will be fine. You finally get around to reading those books you were dying to finish. You can spend more time on hobbies and visit friends a lot more. You can travel or go on a cruise! Chances are, however, that after a short while you will find yourself twiddling your thumbs and wanting to get into something substantive.
Here are a few suggestions of what you can do and hopefully will ensure you won’t get caught out by an empty nesters syndrome.
Go back, or double down on work! Returning to the job market can be quite scary, as it might feel you have been living on a different planet. However, the prospect of having conversations with adults daily that does not revolve around parenting must be quite appealing. And if you were balancing work and parenting, maybe it’s now time to make a bold career move. The kind of career move that seemed impossible when you first became a parent.
Or perhaps going to work for someone is the wrong idea. It might be time to start your own business! It could finally be time to take your experience and skills from your day job and go out there on your own as a freelancer or consultant. Or perhaps you are a keen home brewer, or you always wanted to start your bakery. Or you have a million-dollar idea that needs time and attention. Nothing will take up as much time as being your boss, and potentially nothing could be more rewarding. Consider getting a start-up business loan to get the ball rolling.
If you are happy with your career, maybe it’s time to write a book! It’s a common thing to have on your ‘bucket list,’ but it’s very rare that someone follows through. If just sitting down and writing seems like a daunting task, consider writing classes. And perhaps it doesn’t need to be a book; you could start writing short stories. Get started on that fantasy story you have been daydreaming about or compile all your life lessons in a must-read paperback. It could even be a compilation of do’s and don’ts on parenting.
If writing a book sounds too much devoid of human contact, why not run for political office? Sure, it’s a bit left field, but it does not straight away have to be running for governor of your state. You could start with running for local office. It’s for the greater good, and it would sure be a challenge for anyone. If anything you could actively support and pass legislation that would have helped you as your raised your family, or your local community.