I have a question for all you ladies out there....what I thought would never enventually happen...has happened..my kids are no longer little and I can actually have a life again! However, I think that I may have forgotten just how to do that! Do any of you feel a little lost as to what you will do with yourselves once you have an empty nest?
I am 52 years old, and my baby will be entering high school this coming August...I have 2 teens, a daughter, 16 years old, and she only has 2 years left of high school before she goes away to college...my son only has 4 years left until he goes to college.
I used to be an elementary teacher, but I became a stay-at-home mom since my son had learning disabilties and needed to go to counselors, tutors, adhd coaches, neurologists, etc., and my husband also traveled quite a bit for his work, so we felt that our family needed one parent at home.
It seemed like a good thing at the time, although I missed teaching terribly, as my son really needed me physically at home to focus on him getting his homework done, driving him to his many appointments (which were oftentimes directly afterschool) which made even substitute teaching nearly impossible.
However, now, I find that the teaching market here (Ohio) is terrible, and very few jobs fulltime here.
I have managed to return to substitute teaching, and I love it, and there seems to be a need for subs as well.
The pay isn't anywhere as good as a fulltime teaching job would be, and my husband has mentioned to me about returning to teaching fulltime, as though I can just easily jump back in, and secure a teaching contract, just like that! I have no idea what else I would ever want to do other than work with kids....I love it.
As many others are going through employment wise with this crazy economy, my long laid plans to work and eventually retire as a veteran teacher (not a sub) have flew out the window.
I was just wondering, have any of you started thinking about what you will do with your time once you have an empty nest?
On the bright side, my husband does plan to retire in about 6 years, and plans to buy an rv and travel the states together. Also, because of all the help my son recieved from professionals and myself academically he is getting almost straight A's in school and his thriving and doing great socially, and emotionally and academically. As a teacher, I witnessed a lot of kids with adhd fail...and fall between the cracks.
However, my daughter (straight A's in school) just told us that she wants to be a lawyer....lol...I tell ya, it sure would have been nice to be able to teach fulltime at this point! We will have college money for the kids...but it will tough to pay for all of their college, especially law school!
Our daughter was adopted from Vietnam, and between years of paying for infertility treatments, and then paying over $27,000 for an international adoption, and then paying for my son's adhd meds, and counselors, coaches, tutors, etc...it is tough to have money for law school and 2 kids' college expenses.
I was just wondering...how do you ladies plan to pay for college expenses for your kids?
What do you plan to do with your time once you have an empty nest? The economy has kind of tanked my dream to go back to work fulltime as a teacher until retirement to help pay for my kids' collleges expenses.
If my kids get college loans, and the economy continues as it is, how do our college grad kids find a job to pay back the college loans that they will inherit?
I just get really depressed when I consider all of this....my husband has a great paying job, but like many of us, his work/income has been affected by the economy....and he now says that he wishes that I could get a fulltime teaching job..
I would appreciate any advice, feedback. Thanks!