The dreaded empty nest! I still haven’t recovered, and my kid left for college twelve years ago! I only had one child and I home schooled him for eighteen years, so when he left, we didn’t have an empty nest. We had an cavernous empty pit. A deep one. How I wish I would have had my friend Marci Seither’s newest book, Empty Nest: Strategies to Help Your Kids Take Flight. As the mother of six, Marci has had a lot more practice with leave-taking than I have, and in this book she shares not only her experience, but also the experiences of many other parents.
Written in a chatty, informal, and delightfully humorous style peppered with lots of stories and insights, Marci covers just about every aspect of helping your kids take flight while keeping your own sanity. She covers just about every type of family situation: single parents, military kids, sibling relationships, your relationship as a couple, and even the boomerang kid. She offers more examples than advice and faith rather than fear (my favorite chapter). Reading this book was like enjoying a coffee and conversation with an old friend. If you have a child about to take flight, I highly recommend Empty Nest.
And here’s a bonus. Tomorrow I welcome Marci as a guest blogger. Be sure to come back and read her thought-provoking insights.