Welcome to emptynesting …………
……an information and community site for empty nesters, getting the most out of life, supporting children at university and enjoying all the new freedoms and opportunities of an empty nest.
My name is Sue, and I am editor in chief of emptynesting
I’m in my mid fifties, so I am one of the growing millions of empty nesters that belong to the baby boomer and sandwich generations.
Talking to my fellow empty nester friends most of us now feel that, whilst acknowledging the sense of loss and change that the words “empty nest” conjure up, the reality of an empty nest is much more about the opportunities for new life experiences. In fact in a new survey of 3500 women over half said they really enjoy the extra freedom of an empty nest, and whilst 24% said they felt very upset when their children left home, 37% said their home was much calmer and 13% enjoyed not having to cook so much. Some mums even rated regaining control of the TV remote as cause for celebration!
We empty nesters enjoy more freedom and leisure opportunities, and we can work without having to juggle half a dozen other things at the same time. Some of us are contemplating going back to work part-time or doing voluntary work, and the prospect of vacation breaks outside school holiday periods sounds wonderful – and so much cheaper!
On top of this, all of us are aware of wanting to stay fit and healthy as we enter mid life, and if possible banish the odd wrinkle and keep the grey hairs at bay along the way.
Having an empty nest brings with it a lot of new potential, and our emptynesting site is the result of much research and pooled experiences, so I do hope you enjoy our regular blogs and the community we have created. You can follow me on twitter @ ukemptynester.
If you have some hours to spare and are keen to do voluntary work, or if you want to gain new skills and experience that will stand you in good stead for getting a job, then you might want to consider becoming a Public Service Volunteer.
A magistrate, CAB adviser, parish councillor school governor etc. For more ideas and some background as to what they entail click here .
NATIONAL NEWS RELEASES!
Marketing Week & Marketing Week on line: Market research commissioned by Emptynesting on the consumer habits of emptynesters in the UK
Verve magazine: ‘How to Survive and Thrive’
The Independent on Sunday “Parents Guide”: Front page article on ‘How parents are readjusting to life after their children have left for university’
Woman Magazine “My first Christmas as an emptynester.”
Scottish Widows video on the financial issues facing empty nesters