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[–] SquarebobSpongebutt 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

It is very important to find the "next you". So many women look at their marriage as failing when the reality is that they are having an issue adjusting to a different role.

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[–] cyclops1771 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

My mother went through this when the 4th child got into High school - returned to university, worked as a volunteer at a Social work building (bad parents, not bad kids) with my wife, went to Mass every morning.

Now, she works for the Church, helping poor families by running a donation pantry, "keep the lights on" bill pay program, etc. It's rewarding for her, it helps the community become a true community, and it allows people to have some sort of dignity rather than expect government to take care of them. I'm really proud of her for finding a calling of sorts, rather than just drink to alleviate the boredom of the empty house.