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  1. Design Tips to Re-Define your Interior Space when Emptynesting!

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    Article by Francoise Murat So the kids have left and your home is … well… spacious! There are bedrooms, new spaces to re-configure and you can reward yourself by extending, updating, renovating or just moving!  Whether children have left for good or you expect them to do a boomerang on you, you can still redefine the architectural interior design and decorative elements of your new home. Here are some home improvement tips and ideas for you to implement if you downsize or if you stay put – either way look at it as a new beginning. If you downsize…. Make sure you do not downsize too much and have very little space for those new hobbies or the things you have always wanted to do once parenthood takes a back...
  2. Can Empty Nesters help Full Nesters?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty ‘Can Empty Nesters help Full Nesters?’ Jessica Chivers certainly hopes so!! “Mother the Mother” It’s been said that “it takes a village to raise a child”, that we “get by with a little from our friends” and that a “happy mother mothers a happy home” which is why Jessica is  starting this call to action to get the UK mothering mothers. She needs your help to get this “MOTHER THE MOTHER” movement moving. With families being increasingly dispersed, young mothers don’t all have the luxury of having their own mothers on hand to help out. So, if you’ve become an empty nester but want to put your parenting skills to good use, why not help take the pressure off a young mothers or give them that little bit of breathing space Take action today to...
  3. When Emptynesters become Gypsynesters!

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    Article by Fabafterfifty We may all have dreams of travelling once the kids leave home, but one couple, David and Veronica James , took the plunge, sold their home and set off on their travels, becoming ‘gypsynesters’. We asked them to share some of their remarkable experiences with Fabafterfifty readers. What prompted you to become ‘gypsynesters’? How far ahead did you start to plan? When our middle daughter graduated from high school and went off to college, the reality of an impending empty nest hit us. In three more years the last chick would fly from the nest. We felt it important that our transition from Mommy and Daddy (and in Veronica’s case Helicopter Mom) to an empty nest, just the two of us, couple needed a thoughtful approach. So we googled “empty nest” and were put into a bit...
  4. Can pets fill the void once the children leave home?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty My mother-in-law was totally distraught at the death of her much loved dog.  A very loving person with a strong maternal instinct she found it incredibly difficult to function without  her pet which had brought affection and structure to her daily life. I jokingly said to my husband that if she didn’t get another dog, he may have to move back home! Apparently I had struck a nerve as my mother-in-law had indeed acquired her first yorkie just over 32 years ago as an empty-nester  when my husband  and his brother had both  left home. It seems she’s not alone. A friend often jokes about her ‘menopausal dog’, nicknamed as such because the dog became an addition to her family at the same time she became an...
  5. Can women over 50 foster a child?

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    Article by Annette Webb When we recently discussed new government guidelines removing the barrier of age as it applies to adoption, several people asked if the same applied to fostering. We asked Annette Webb from Simply Fostering if this was the case and whether fostering was a viable option for midlife women. ‘Empty Nesters’ are  some of the most skilled childcare workers  Many Over 50’s foster carers  or ‘empty nesters’ are now seen and recognised as some of the most skilled childcare workers in the UK. This is because of the childcare experiences they have gained over the years. They have often dealt with and coped with numerous difficulties and challenges. The over 50’s still have plenty to offer in caring for vulnerable children, including stability, energy, commitment and in our experience  plenty of time on their hands to use...
  6. Is it Good News for Empty Nesters as the over 45s are cleared to adopt?

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     Article by Fabafterfifty  Is it good news for Empty-Nesters and a triumph over ageism asover-45s are cleared to adopt?  Children’s minister Tim Laughton is quoted in today’s SundayTimes as  saying ‘empty-nesters’ in their late forties and fifties should be welcomed by adoption panels.  Recognising the excellent parenting skills more mature  people have acquired in bring up their own children, he argues that they could offer a much needed lifeline to older children remaining in local authority care. Consequently  adoption guidelines have been reissued to ensure that age should not be a barrier to offering a child in need a loving home.  It would appear to be triumph of common sense over political correctness.  It’s not clear from the statement  if the guidelines apply to childless individuals or only those who have already had children....
  7. Tips for Empty Nesters and their Finances

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     Article by by Sarah Pennells of SavvyWoman So, the children have finally left home and the house feels a bit empty. It will probably take some getting used to, but it can be a great time to invest in yourself. You may be still supporting your children financially – especially if they’re at university – but that doesn’t mean you can’t prioritise your own finances.  Maybe you’re able to free up some cash to invest in your retirement or perhaps you want to pay off your mortgage as quickly as you can.  Do your own financial MOT once the children leave home Before you can work out what your options are, find out how much money you have to spare and the effect – on your finances – of your children moving...
  8. Downsizing after the Children leave home

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    Article  by James Butler     The move from Freehold to Leasehold Property. When the children leave home, or as we near retirement, frequently the decision is made to downsize. Often the move is made from freehold house to leaseshold apartment. We asked a leading leasehold consultancy to talk us through the leasehold maze. 10 TOP TIPS FOR RESIDENTIAL LEASEHOLDERS 1. What is a Leasehold Property? Typically a Leasehold property is a Flat or part of a larger property or estate. When purchasing a Leasehold property you must be very aware that you are essentially purchasing a right of occupation and the associated protections only. In most cases you do not actually own the structural elements of the property, only those elements “demised” (allocated) to you and only for the residual...
  9. Empty-nesting. Can Facebook Keep You In Touch?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty With women up and down the country facing  stating life without kids as the start of the new academic year begins, it is with mixed emotions that many women wave goodbye and start their lives as ‘Empty Nesters’. But how can technolgy help you stay in touch with children once they leave home? As thousands of young people prepare to fly the nest for university this week, a new study by Endsleigh, has revealed an emerging generation of internet-savvy students and parents is significantly changing the way families are now keeping in touch. Parents rely on Social Media like Facebook to keep in Touch According to the study, parents rely heavily on social media platforms like Facebook to keep tabs on their...
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