Life after kids depends on our age, our marital status, the status of our work and relationships, and the health of our parents. We may choose to shift focus to other parts of our lives such as starting a new career, going back to school, or taking up new hobbies. It can feel like a power surge. "It's finally time for me." "What do I want?" "How can I make it happen?"
Mothers whose children are ready to leave home may feel a sense of loss and loosening of family bonds as they face the "empti ness." Sometimes, life after kids becomes life with kids once again. If children "boomerang" in their twenties and thirties and move back home to live because of a job loss, divorce, or any other change in circumstances, our family dynamics change. This is particularly true when our children bring children of their own with them.