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How to Take Care of Your Kids After They’ve Flown the Nest

Raising a child to become a mature, independent adult is one of the most rewarding points of a parent’s life. But when children leave the nest, what next? A parent cannot just turn off their biological urge to care for their children. How can a parent continue to care for them without intruding on their new lives?

Monthly Care Packages

When children first move out, they will encounter many situations they didn’t prepare for ahead of time. Since they are trying to make a life on their own, they may be hesitant to contact you about a problem they’re experiencing. Putting together a monthly care package will not only help to satisfy your desire to care for your children, but it could also provide them with something they need or want.

Creating an Emergency Fund

It’s inevitable that when out on their own, your child will face a financial crisis. It could be a broken down car, emergency medical care, or some other unexpected expense. Starting an emergency fund for your child would be a great way to protect them during an unforeseen crisis. The emergency fund could be created with tiny sums of money saved over a period of time, selling items from your childrearing days, or by cashing in a life insurance policy via a life settlement. Cashing out a life insurance policy before death ensures that the money goes to something you’ve chosen instead of going to creditors and bill collectors first.

Check in Weekly Via Letter

Your child will experience setbacks and bad days, but may not want to trouble you with their problems — or insist on trying to solve it themselves. A weekly letter or card in the mail with encouraging words would be the perfect way to brighten their week. Adding in a small gift card to their favorite restaurant or department store could also put a smile on their face.

Stock Up On Household Items

Great sales at your local stores is a boon for both you and your children. Your child may need help with groceries, clothes, or household items at some point. Having an extra stockpile of non-perishable groceries, toiletries, socks, and batteries could prove to be a life saver for your young adult.

The first time leaving the nest is a very exciting but terrifying experience for your children. The most important way you can care for them while they’re out living their lives is to let them know you will always be there to help them with whatever they need.

Tim Esterdahl

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