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Telecommuters have a myriad of different reasons they enjoy their work from home status. The biggest benefit is obviously the flexibility it offers… and for parents, this is a big plus. But, what if your kids have left or are in the process of leaving your home for college, military service, adult life, etc? What is the best way to navigate this tricky transitional time (sometimes coined as the “empty nest syndrome”) as a work at home professional?
I am wrestling with this issue personally as I prepare for my 19-year old son to leave for the Navy tomorrow. I have had the advantage of working from home since 2005, so, for the last 8 years or so, I have had a lot of wonderful opportunities to stay involved with his life. Now I wonder… will it be easier or harder for me to make this transition? (more…)