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Children leaving home


Children leaving home is a major event in your life - whether it's the first one off your hands, or the last one leaving you to a calm you haven't appreciated for years. As ever, you are likely to have to give them a helping hand.

Amazon Book - Trade Secrets - ParentingWhilst having the house to yourself and more time and financial freedom are a giant leap forward in enjoying your laterlife, inevitably you will be concerned over your children's future. What's more, the effect that not having them around may have on you and your relationships can't be underestimated.

We've tried to provide a mixture of resources and information - both on matters practical and emotional. On the practical side there are one or two sites that you can use to help your son or daughter find the right place to move into. They also link to financial advice (mortgage and loans).

There are also a few sites that can give you advice on the emotional side of your fledglings leaving the nest and please do have a look at our Relationship Counselling articles by Maggi Smith, a qualified and experienced relationship counsellor for Relate and in private practice:

laterlife Relationship Counselling

You may like to have a look at the following articles:
Sarah leaves home
So good when they go

Also please visit the laterlife Relationship Counselling Index to see all the articles Maggi has produced.


Renting and letting

The Association of Residential Letting AgentsInterested in renting or letting specific properties or looking in certain locations? Checkout the list of UK ARLA agents (Association of Residential Letting Agents) and contact them for everything you need.

Accommodation Rental & Real Estate Directory From here you can locate property agents, hotels and temporary accommodation worldwide. You can search by area, rent or number of bedrooms.

Finance and Mortgages

For a great general financial information page, try Free Personal Finance Service at moneyeXtra which can help you make the most out of your money. You can get advice on mortgages and investments, how to cut your bills, and different types of loans and accounts. Plus financial news.

Amazon Book - The Empty Nest

Age Concern and Parentline Plus both have good information and advice on how to handle the new situation and tips on coping with 'Empty Nest Syndrome'.


Now that you have a bit more room in the house you might want to do a spot of redecorating to brighten up your home. Check out the Redecorating page for links to the information you'll need.

Holidays and Breaks

If your last child has left home, it might be time to think about taking a special holiday. No need to worry about the kids it's time to enjoy life for yourself so why not have a look at our Extra Holidays and Breaks page.

Hobbies and Interests

Or if you find yourself with a bit more room in the house why not take up a new hobby or interest? Set aside some space for yourself and whatever you want to do.

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