Did your teen just head off to college? Or did your boomerang kid finally get a job and move out of your basement? Do you find yourself not knowing what to do with all your extra free time? Or crying into your morning coffee? Or looking at old photos? Snap out of it, folks.
While it's normal to miss your kids and look forward to their visits home, there's no reason you shouldn't be reconnecting with your spouse, living it up, and making the most of your newfound freedom. Still not sure? Then check out these parents who will inspire you by demonstrating all the things you CAN do in your new empty nest:You can dress up as whatever you want for Halloween, without your kids rolling their eyes at you.
You can go to happy hour instead of on school-runs.
— Ronny Young (@ronnyayoung) October 5, 2013
You can take that road trip you always wanted to... without your noisy kids in the backseat.
— Hungover Hippie (@hungoverhippie) July 30, 2014
You can sit back, relax, and laugh at your poor friends who still have to deal with the dreaded dorm move-in.
— Deb Pierce (@DebPierce1204) September 11, 2014
You can go on a pretty badass date night.
— Bill Whalen (@whalen189) August 31, 2014
You can take that expensive vacation you always wanted to take... at a fraction of the cost.
— Tony Young (@tony_tyoung) August 22, 2014
And unashamedly flaunt it to your kids...
— Celia Ralston (@KmcWsuMom) June 29, 2014
You can spoil your pet.
— Beau Craft (@beau31craft) September 14, 2014
You can revisit your childhood.
— Meagan McCarver (@meaganeliz93) May 18, 2014
You can party like your college days. Oh, yes.
— Gaby Patenaude (@GabyPatenaude) March 30, 2014
Like literally throw a kegger...
— Jill Mundhenke (@mommamanhunk) September 7, 2013
You can binge on all your favorite shows... now that the kids no longer control the TV.
— Emily Mitchell (@Emitch_) March 10, 2013
You can save tons of money on your grocery bill now that your kids, with their seemingly-bottomless stomachs, are gone.
— Florence Prater (@flo_bot_) March 31, 2013
And do whatever the hell you want with your newly-spare bedroom.
— michelle gikas (@mamagikas) January 10, 2014
And revel in how sweet life really is.
— Jim Grieco (@Cap11C) January 5, 2014
— Mitchell Beal (@Mitchbeal) August 6, 2014