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 Age Now compute how many years you will spend in each of the following stages of your life. Stage 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 retired 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?