Perhaps the hardest part of the empty-nest syndrome was, for me, letting go of a routine of brief, but meaningful moments with your children. Whether it was breakfast on the run, carpooling them to school or an urgent trip to the shopping mall for clothing that they grew out of over night. You still had a consistent connection and the ability to know what was going on in their lives.
Now, you’re lucky if you get a phone call every few days and even then it’s interrupted by another call that is more important than you. Certainly you know they need money when they linger on the phone and ask you all about your week, your day and how you are feeling! In either case, neither is satisfying your parental need to know and feel connected.
How do you navigate the choppy waters of a parent-child connection when they’re on their own? I have some ideas to share on the next edition of Life After Kids on Mingle Media TV Network!