How to cope with an empty nest

Empty nest syndrome is real, but there are many ways to move past the mixed emotions synonymous with this phenomenon.
Reconnecting with your spouse is one way to combat feelings of loss that can stem from a suddenly empty nest.
In my case, when my last daughter left home, I found new hobbies and visited more with my parents and friends. The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives moms who are feeling the empty nest syndrome tips on how to adjust and how to find ways to keep busy and have fun.

Enjoy safe backyard barbecues

Who doesn’t like a barbecued grilled steak or burger? It’s time to clean the grill and get ready for outdoor dining.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives some steps people can take to ensure their backyard barbecues are safe.
Backyard barbecues are synonymous with warm weather. And why wouldn’t they be? Grilling over an open flame when the weather is warm embodies the relaxing spirit of spring and summer, prompting many people to leave their oven ranges behind in favor of charcoal and gas grills.

Memorial Day and Veterans Day differ

Memorial Day and Veterans Day each honor the military, though the two holidays are not the same.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives details of the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day which is celebrated annually on the last Monday in May, honors the brave men and women who lost their lives while serving in the American military.

Give kids an allowance

I firmly believe in giving a child an allowance. However, don’t give a handout. Let your child earn the allowance.
Allowances can provide foundations for parents to teach kids about working for a living. Kids are able to grasp the concept that money doesn’t come without hard work.
Give your child a household chore that he or she can accomplish and complete, then reward your child with an allowance.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, lists benefits and the pros and cons of giving children allowances.

Unique Mother’s Day gift ideas

Not two women are alike. Mothers perform similar day-to-day tasks, but no two moms are the same. Mother’s Day is Sunday — Find a unique way to celebrate your mother.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives you great suggestions and ways to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is a celebration of women who devote so much of their effort and energy to their families.
Celebrating Mom on Mother’s Day lets her know all of her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed.


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