When the kids finally move out, parents have more time on their hands than before. Instead of seeing as an ending, many parents choose to see it as the chance to take on new projects.
Parents have more time, resources and space when their children move out. Take their moving out as a chance to take on a hobby. Is there something you used to enjoy that you had to stop because you didn't have the time? Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? Now is the time to pick photography back up or learn how to paint.
Additionally, many parents decide to go back to school once their kids move out. This is a time to do all of the things you may not have had time for before. Other people take this time to change careers or to start a business.
When the kids move out of the house, there is bound to be more room than before. Consider taking on some redecorating or renovation projects. Not only will these projects take up your time and energy, but changing the look of a home is a sign of a new beginning.
A person may live in a community their whole lives and not know everything it offers. Consider getting involved in the local charities or attending more local events. Many cities or towns have soup kitchens or local events put on by libraries and non-profits. Check your local newspaper, or watch the local news for ideas of how to spend your time.
Additionally, this is a time to reconnect with people with whom you may have lost touch. Call up your childhood friends or old co-workers, and see what they're up to. This is a time to reach out.
Last, but not least, take the time to focus on your health. If your kids have moved out of the house, chances are that you aren't quite as young anymore. Start an exercise regimen, make regular trips to the doctor for check ups, and try to eat healthier.
Your youngest child just pulled out of the driveway, headed for college. You sit down for a cup of coffee and stare across the table at the stranger sitting in front of you. This stranger, of course, is your dear, sweet husband.
Once upon a time the future was yours to do with as you pleased. The years stretched before you like miles of unpainted canvas. Your life was your own. Then suddenly, it was ruled by late night feedings, diaper changes and baby's first steps.