Not so long ago I was writing heart wrenching posts about our nest being empty (Some tips for survival), and how awful it felt; like the end of the world had come at worst, or at best it felt as if I was missing a vital part, like a limb.
I’d wander in and out of empty rooms which echoed with the ghost like sounds of ghastly music, and pathetically I’d longingly touch and smell any garments still hanging in the wardrobes.
What I didn’t expect was for either of them to return, nor did I think about how that would be, and at the end of this post are my few words of (hopeful) wisdom if it happens to you too.
We have two children, 24 and 26 years old and their various leavings have been spread over quite some years. I wrote about their departures here : Why an Empty Nest isn’t Always Best, which featured on Mamamia.
The not so empty nest
I was bereft when they left.
What I didn’t expect was that they might return!
On the internet you might also like: How to survive your adult child’s return home and over on The Telegraph, Generation Boomerang
Which has got me thinking … Have any of your grown-up children returned to the family nest?
How to cope with Boomerang Kids
- Be kind and welcoming and talk about their future.
- Be upfront about contributing to household expenses.
- Remember they are adults now. Treat them as such – and not as kids.
- Don’t be holier than thou, or a when-we. Listen to their thoughts.
- Make the most of having young blood and young opinions in the house.