We have six kids between us and of those we only have two under 18.
This is something that’s been hitting me hard lately. Two have moved out and into life. Our 21-year-old is getting married in less than two weeks and is hardly ever home.
Our 18-year-old is gone a lot, between college and work. The two remaining kids are tame and serene compared with the four teens that have grown up and moved into adulthood in the past six years.
What a crazy past ten years we’ve had! So here they are, my
Top 10 Ways to Know You’re Almost an Empty Nester
- You’re surprised to see your eldest child when he walks in the door because he’s not around much any more.
- The bathroom and bedrooms stay clean.
- Phrases like “my wife” and “our kids“–coming from the mouth of one of your kids– start becoming normal.
- You can’t wait for the younger kids to just start driving so you don’t have to keep up the teen taxi service.
- There are fewer piles of teens sleeping in various weird places in the living room on Saturday mornings.
- Your home phone doesn’t ring anymore (except for political surveys and telemarketers.)
- The socks on the floor are your husband’s.
- No more drop-in dinner guests.
- It’s quiet most of the time.
- Groceries last MUCH longer than they did before!