New era, new priorities

Dec 26, 2023 | Private Coaching

With the kids away, it can be difficult to untangle your new priorities.

Bringing up your children brings with it a certain focus. Nourishing and protecting your young family is your top priority. Sure, other things – notably work – are going on and need to be factored in, but your children have been your primary priority for twenty-plus years of your life.

With the kids away at university, working, or bringing up their own families, possibly on the other side of the world, it can be difficult to untangle your new priorities.

  • From where will I run your home business if I downsize to a smaller house?
  • Should I head away for a week to look after my grandchildren when Mum is not well and needs me around?
  • I am not sure I have enough money to retire. Should I carry on working for a few more years?

These are common dilemmas for parents after their kids leave home. So, how do you deal with them?

Businesses and professions have long had the answer, and this is one of the occasions you could “bring your work home” and think about prioritising your challenges and opportunities.

This practice has stood business in good stead, especially when resources of time, money and skills are in short supply. It can work in the house as well.

Conversation changes lives

I am fond of telling clients that conversation changes lives, and a conversation about which challenges and opportunities should become your top priority will do much to allay your fears and light your torch as you sense the excitement of pursuing new opportunities.

Unfortunately, this conversation rarely happens. Often, no one is around to facilitate and provide a structure for such a conversation. However, it has been part of my armoury, previously as a financial life planner and now as a life coach, for many years. A common comment from parents after having such a conversation with me has been, “In all our married life, we have never talked about these things” and “We now have a greater sense of security, confidence and understanding”.

My clients have long told me of the value of such a conversation, which is why I have relaunched the service as the Empty Nest Navigator. Navigator is an opportunity to map your route to wealth and purpose. You can pre-register now for a Navigator in January using the link at the top of my profile.

Try it, and set yourself on the path to making your kids as proud of you as you are of them.

My name is Jeremy Deedes, and I support parents whose children have left home to re-organise their lives and money so that they grow their wealth, make a difference and live with purpose, grace and style.

The Empty Nest Navigator is a single session and ongoing support to help you get started. Find out more at jeremydeedes.com/navigator/ or register your interest now to take part in one of twelve navigator sessions between 9 and 18 January 2024.

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