Parenting is never an easy job and one thing that can challenge any parent’s well-planned life goals for their child is handling the emotional roller coaster that comes with it.
Raising children can be easy for some parents or hard for others and it might feel like the time will never come when they move out of the house.
When they do leave the nest, parents will usually find this to be great news. Or is it?
This, though, can be the biggest ‘Parent Trap’ any parent can experience, and it is called the ‘Empty Nest Syndrome’.
According to the Mayo Clinic; “Empty nest syndrome isn't a clinical diagnosis. Instead, empty nest syndrome is a phenomenon in which parent’s experience feelings of sadness and loss when the last child leaves home”.
So, the ‘Empty Nest Syndrome’ becomes the ‘Parent Trap’ as it is a time where parents must change the way they approach each day and shed the old routines without their children, and for some, this can be very hard and thought this time would never come.
Emotionally and physically adjusting is the key to finding balance for this new time as the focus now shifts back to the needs of the individual parent, as a person, and this thought has not been a reality for the parent in the last 18 years.
This new independence can feel great at first, but at the end of the day coming home to an empty house, no one to cook for, no one to be there, no one to talk to, not feeling needed and not feeling useful can begin the spiral down.
If a parent doesn’t have plans to embrace this change and have support, it can lead to loneliness, depression, alcoholism, addictions and even worse, suicide.
It is very important to understand:
Some things that parents can do is:
Linda and her husband Jay are raising their 7 children, including a son with additional needs and they live in Millstone Township. Linda shares her inspirational journey to help inspire other parents about how to not only be the best parents they can be even if they are not perfect, but to always remember to honor who they are as individuals.
Hi my name is Linda and I created The Support Place Where HOPE Lives to offer human to human - heart to heart support to those who are looking for non clinical inspirational, motivational guidance. This blog has been created to share with others what has inspired and guided me through some life struggles. I am married to my teenage sweetheart and we have 7 beautiful children ages 14-28. My journey which I believe has been a spiritual one that I did not recognize at first, is one that I hope inspires not only my family but for others who are looking for some HOPE to work through your own life journey.