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Natalie Caine
Empty Nest Support Services - The Founder

Since 1982, Natalie creates and facilitates women support groups in the areas of life changes, including dating, careers, marriage, divorce, parenting, illness, loss, and dreams coming true.

What Helps An Empty Nester?

Change is inevitable. Get support.

Over the six years of my speaking with parents across the country a big question is, NOW WHAT?

You are on a journey of grieving the role you loved and shifting into a new role.

How do you find what's next for you?

1. Talk with your friends about your feelings and ask for help on what they think would add meaning to your life. Send them an email or have a wine and cheese party for brainstorming all about you. We get shy to ask for help. JUST DO IT. They will be happy to help you and you will feel support.

Katie had paper and pencil at her house and yummy treats for her three friends. End of the evening she got excited about exploring being a personal organizer and starting a website to connect with others.

2. Learning to focus on yourself takes practice. Ask yourself, daily, “What am I feeling? What would help me today?” You get to cry . You get to have ordinary days where you aren't being productive or giving. Say no because you don't have anything to give that day. Who wouldn't grieve when they love someone and can't see them for months or be giving to them as you use to. You lose the school community and are on the hunt for a new circle of connections.

3. What did you enjoy doing in elementary school and high school? What was fun for you after work before children? Did you dance, draw, bake, hike, go camping, have friends over, go to movies and concerts, take a day trip on the road and where? Search your memories. Look at old photos for clues. Did you have a diary?

Mary sent an email to a college buddy and one to a high school friend asking, “ What was fun for us to do back then? What did you think I would be when I grew up?” She was so surprised to hear them talk about her love of singing. Now she is taking voice lessons.

4. Be patient which is not one of my strengths but I hope yours, at times. Be gentle with yourself. Treat yourself like you would treat your best friend who was sad and feeling off balance.

What do you think would help you in this transition and change? Someone who has traveled the journey of empty nest? Brainstorming support group for now what? Connecting with parents on how to shift your role with your children? Post your comment below or email natalie@emptynestsupport.com

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