Your Family Life Cycle

Your Family Life Cycle
First fill in the age you think you will be when each event occurs. If the event has
already occurred, fill in the appropriate age.
Turning Point
Get married
Have your first child
Your first child starts school
You have your last child
First child leaves home
Last child leaves home
You retire
Your spouse or you dies
Now compute how many years you will spend in each of the following stages of your
Married with no children
Birth of children (1st to last)
At least one child is in elementary school
At least one child is a teenager
Children leave home (1st to last)
All children are gone, but you are not yet
Retirement until the death of one spouse
# Years in Stage
What surprised you about your life stages? How will you life your life differently to
prepare for these events?