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Embrace this new dynamic by taking steps to improve your own life. Cathy says this can be an opportunity for you to set an example for your children through volunteering, going back to school or changing careers. "To me, this is really an opportunity for us as women," she says. "It's probably one of the most exciting times—as well as the saddest time—but one of the most exciting times in our lives."

One mother, Barb, prepared for her daughter Erica's departure for college by planning to enroll in school herself. "We have been working on this for years, really. I knew it was going to be hard, so I made this whole plan to go back to graduate school and make a career change and find really fulfilling work," she says.

Cathy says it's also important to think about how you are going to deal with your new life emotionally. "Just like we prepare for retirement, I would really encourage people to do an emotional plan for when your children leave home," she says.


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