Struggling with Empty Nest Anxiety?

Struggling with Empty Nest Anxiety?

Both mothers and fathers can be flooded with feelings of sadness and redundancy when their child flies the nest, and be anxious about what life in their emptier home holds for them. Remind yourself that departure is not abandonment. Take time to reflect on and readjust your relationships. To:

  • develop a more adult relationship with your child, in a way that still gives guidance and direction and shows you care
  • agree channels to keep in touch - it gives your child confidence and courage to explore a new world, safe in the knowledge that home is still familiar and secure to return to
  • grow new relationships with your partner and other children still at home
  • invest in yourself - explore new interests - set new goals 

Learning about the Functional Fluency model will give you a greater self-awareness and understanding of the impact your behaviour has on others, so helping you to develop your relationships effectively.

To paraphrase Kahilil Gibran, philosopher and poet,  parents are "the bows from which children as living arrows are sent forth" and "the stronger the bows the further and straighter the arrows fly".  

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We use our blog to refect on how Functional Fluency and TIFF is being used, and how it can be developed further, across the broad spectrum of situations where building more effective relationships is valuable.

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