The college kids have headed back to their messy apartments or moved for the first time into their dorm rooms. So how are you feeling, parents? Will you miss those kids? Other than when our children are born, there's no bigger change in our lives as parents than when our children leave home. It's a shock to the system -- but there are good things about empty nesting, too.
You don't have to run. Play tennis, cross-country ski, meet a friend for racquetball during your lunch hour. Find a way to work your body hard on a consistent basis and don't decide if you're an optimist or a pessimist until that's the routine. You may not believe how much your outlook on life changes.