“How I coped when my kids left home”
Four parents share their heartfelt stories with Larraine Sathicq.
From the instant we first lay eyes on our own babies, life changes forever. No longer just one half of a couple, we become mothers – nurturers, teachers, protectors, growers of humans. But every now and then, whether you’re tucking a toddler into bed or dealing with a recalcitrant teenager, the thought pops into your head that the final and natural goal is for your babies to leave you.
Most parents agree that it all seems to go in the blink of an eye and when the time actually comes, it can be difficult to imagine yourself doing anything other than being a mum.
While the prospect of an ‘empty nest’ may be terrifying or sad for some, others feel a sense of relief and excitement at having the house to themselves – but few are really prepared for the emotional impact of saying goodbye to active parenting.
We spoke to one couple, a single mum and an older empty nester about how they coped when their children left home for good.