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Cory Silverberg

Sex When the Kids Leave Home

By November 8, 2012

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Recently I got an email from a reader who, for the first time in her life, was going to be alone with her husband in their home. No kids. She had children from a previous marriage and after twenty-four years of a full house, the last one was moving out.

The first thing her and her husband planned to do was change the outside locks. Not that they wanted to bar their children from returning, but the idea that they could walk around the house naked whenever they wanted and not have to worry about one or several kids marching through the door, was for them a heady one.

Beyond that, she wrote, they weren't sure where to start. They used to have great sex but they felt stuck. They were looking for ideas.

I don't love the set up of "sex tips". Their structure suggests that knowing the right thing to do will somehow make sex great. But I do think that part of my job as a sex educator is to do a lot of sex brainstorming with people, helping them get unstuck, and tap into the well of sexual creativity that I know lies deep in all of us. I was reminded of the challenge from another reader recently who wanted more spontaneous sex and a question from the summer from a reader who was trying to keep sex hot while working from home.

But I'm a sucker for a friendly request, and so decided to respond to this particular challenge of sex in, as she put it, an empty nest.

Read More - Sex in an Empty Nest

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