The time that the last child leaves the home is often a tough time for marriage partners. The marital relationship in an empty nest takes on a different chemistry and presents different challenges. With no one left to take care of but each other, it can be a wonderful and revitalizing time for a marriage, but without any plan, it can also be a time of real strain. Issues that were “tabled” or buried while the kids took up our attention and energy can emerge as bigger concerns.
Our observation is that couples who simply react to this new time of life do not do nearly as well as couples who are proactive and deliberate about planning what their life together will be like.
It is ironic that so many of us plan so carefully for every other aspect of our…