This book humorously depicts the very real phenomenon of 'life after kids'. With captivating illustrations throughout and incisive and amusing one-liners, you will immediately recognise yourself or someone you know who is or was an Empty Nester. Written by a practising psychologist, Dianne Sundby brings her years of therapeutic experience, insight, and understanding to the written word with clarity and wit.
Author: Mary Ann Froehlich
Publisher: Bethany House Pub
Release Date: 2005-01
"Ideal for women whose children are graduating from high school, this sensitive book lets readers know they aren't alone in their feelings of loss. It offers a sense of hope for the future and practical suggestions for parenting their young adult children
“Remember when you initially learned you were pregnant with your firstborn (or possibly your only child)? Even then your life began to change. Before your child made his or her debut into the world, your life already began to be altered—maybe even radically altered. . . . For the next eighteen years, at minimum, a good chunk of your life was centered around your child. . . . For those eighteen or more years, you devoted a lot of your life—not just your time but your energies, your concerns, your thoughts, and your activities—to that child or those children. . . . And now they’re gone, or close to moving out, and your life has a big void in it, a hole that you’re not sure how to fill.” In her book Facing Down Empty Nest Syndrome, Cynthia MacGregor helps all parents begin to cope with their children moving out and on with their lives. She gives practical advice on what to do before, during, and after children leave the home. She gives tips on how to stay connected without being overbearing as well as what to do with all of the extra time without kids at home.
Author: Darlen Cooper
Publisher: Treasure House
Release Date: 1999-01-01
Genre: Family & Relationships
Twenty-four years after Darien Cooper told how to be the wife of a happy husband, she now tells women how to be the happy mom of an empty nest. Readers can turn that nightmare into a "dream come true"!
In a series of heartwarming essays, author Ejay Wyndesh shares the wisdom and perspective gleaned from her early childhood through her senior citizen years to encourage women who suffer from "empty nest syndrome." Follow Wyndesh through her various experiences, from growing up with immigrant grandparents to the angst of adolescence, and from being a mother to being a great-grandmother. Each stage of her life shaped her in a different way, and Wyndesh artfully expresses these changes in The Empty Nest the Second Time Around. At the heart of Wyndesh's journey is her appreciation of previous generations' traditions and loyalties. Decades of heartwarming, family-oriented experiences provide a realistic background for Wyndesh's essays. Through her prose, she teaches upcoming generations that loving and honoring family is fun work, and that dedicating yourself and your life to obeying and serving God will strengthen your family tree's branches for the future. But it's also important to recognize your progress through the years and how each new level changes your perspective. If you're feeling depressed by your empty nest, take a moment to ponder Wyndesh's uplifting insights. They'll inspire you to cherish your family memories and pass them on to future generations.
More than half a million parents confront the empty nest for the first time each year. It is one of the most challenging phases of parenting, often creating feelings of loss, lack of purpose and crisis of identity which can lead to depression. Yet it receives little recognition. And contrary to popular opinion it doesn't only affect women who've put their careers on hold: working mothers and fathers suffer too. Equally, it can be a period of liberation and discovery of new challenges, when marriages long overstressed by childcare can be rejuvenated. The book will include plenty of people's experiences; expert comment and advice; and there will be a practical strand full of ideas, inspiration, tips etc. There will be a strong focus on the positive as well as how to handle the changing relationship with your children to ensure a fulfilling and good relationship going forward, an area of parenting often ignored.
Author: David and Claudia Arp
Release Date: 2009-08-30
A simple dating plan that is sure to revive romance and rejuvenate the fun quotient in your empty-nest marriageIt’s just the two of you again and it’s time to renew your relationship. You can reconnect and reclaim that same spark, excitement, and creativity you experienced before you had kids through ten innovative, fun dates guaranteed to spice up your marriage. Specially crafted for empty-nesters, these dates are based on marriage-enriching themes, such as• Becoming a couple again• Rediscovering intimate talk• Revitalizing your love life• Growing together spiritually• Relating to adult children• Becoming best friends10 Great Dates for Empty Nesters will fill your empty nest with fun, friendship, and romance. It is refreshing to read a book about marriage written by people who don’t just believe in marriage but actually understand how it works.—John Gray, Author, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
Author: Barbara Rainey
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: 2017-04-04
Discover New Passion and Purpose after the Kids Leave Home Many women approaching their empty-nest years do so with mixed emotions--feeling grief for what is no more but also excitement for what lies ahead. Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates are seasoned empty nesters, and they know firsthand the ups and downs, the uncertainty and challenges that accompany this new stage of life. Although Mom is a lifelong role, the job description changes significantly when the kids are grown. Questions abound: Who am I now? How do I relate to my kids? How will my marriage be affected? Where am I needed? Every woman in this stage needs to determine her own redefined role as wife, mother, friend, and more. Offering practical advice and biblical guidance, along with inspiring personal stories of women who have discovered how to live a meaningful life during the "second half," Barbara and Susan help you work out how to flourish and thrive in your own empty nests.
Author: Dave Arp
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc Pub
Release Date: 2000-08-29
Genre: Family & Relationships
The drive home was filled with silence and emotion. Emily and Dan had just taken their youngest child to college. Both of them were replaying years of images in their minds. "What's next?" They would glance at each other with a knowing smile, but inside they were afraid, excited but afraid. They knew this was an opportunity to rebuild their relationship, but how? Like Emily and Dan, empty-nest couples in record numbers are asking themselves: What can we talk about now that we've lost the emotional focus of our life? How can we revitalize our marriage? With the kids gone, what is my new identity? Where do we go from here? Fighting forYour Empty Nest-Marriage offers clear-cut instructions for dealing with one of the most difficult periods in any marriage?the transition period when the children leave home. Based on the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) and the results of a national survey of long-term married couples, this warm and helpful guide is brimming with practical suggestions and wisdom for learning to let go of the kids and preserving the sense of commitment, love, partnership, sensuality, and fun within a marriage. As practical as it is informative, Fighting forYour Empty Nest-Marriage starts off with a helpful quiz that can identify key patterns and pinpoint the problem areas within a marriage. Armed with the results, you can use this down-to-earth book to learn how to: Put romance and sensuality back into your relationshipSlow down and get life in perspectiveLook at the positives in your relationshipHave fun together as a coupleBalance your life as a couple between your kids and your aging parentsAt the end of each chapter, the book includes helpful exercises for avoiding marital burnout and rekindling a loving and long-lasting partnership. Fighting for Your Empty Nest-Marriage offers fundamental information and teaches vital skills needed to regroup, refocus, and refresh a marriage after the children leave home. Learn the skills you need to fight for the future of your empty-nest marriage The cofounders of Marriage Alive International and the developers of the acclaimed Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP) have joined together to create this much-needed guidebook to help empty-nest couples prepare for the next stage in their relationship. This enlightening book helps empty-nest couples focus on positive change within their relationships and offers solid advice for learning the skills needed to have a more fulfilling and intimate relationship than was possible during the hectic parenting years. "Bravo! This book is brimming with practical suggestions and good advice for couples who want to make the second half of their marriage the best half." --David Blankenhorn, president, Institute for American Values; author, Fatherless America "This book is the step-by-step, can't miss, user-friendly guide to having it all-to sharing the happiest time of any marriage with the love of your life. It should be required reading for all those about to embark on the empty-nest journey." --Diane Sollee, founder and director, Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education "A team of top-notch marriage savers offers first aid for marriages facing one of life's most disorienting transitions. Their advice is practical and up-beat. It is refreshing to read a book about marriage written by people who don't just believe in marriage but actually understand how it works." --Frank Pittman, M.D., author of Private Lies and Grow Up "There is no better team of authors for a book on empty-nest marriage-and no better book. Give it to someone whose marriage you care about-including yourself." --Bill Doherty, professor, family social science, University of Minnesota "Married people are healthier, happier, and better off financially than the single. This important book tell you how to keep your marriage itself healthier and happier after kids are gown, with exercises, checklists, and tips for managing conflict. A great off to college' present for parents." --Linda Waite, professor of sociology, University of Chicago; coauthor of The Case for Marriage
Author: Nina Bell
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2011-09-01
Clover Jones and Laura Dangerfield have been best friends since their children were born. Along with Clover's stylish, powerful friend, Alice, they share holidays, sleepovers, school runs and childcare. They're like one big family. But all families have their secrets. When the children leave home, Clover and Laura's lives and marriages change forever, and the old rules on love and loyalty no longer apply. And when Alice decides she wants what they've got, Clover and Laura have to find out who they really are. Without the children, can their marriages - and friendship - survive?
Your children are growing up and leaving home. You know this is a good thing, but at the same time, you're wondering who you are when you're not busy being your children's mother. You know this is a new season of life, but it's hard not to look back with longing and sometimes regret. How do you adjust to this new season of life?
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Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. (Marie Curie) The nature of people is to shun the unknown, which is what a handful of people in the town of Springdale were doing to Charlie Goodbear. Charlie Goodbear by Tom Thunderhorse is an inspirational tale about the lives of a few small town folks and a good-hearted and misunderstood man named Charlie. The book begins with a detailed explanation of the characters and the town of Springdale. Thunderhorses perfect description of the stereotypical small town life makes you feel close to the characters. It is as if you are part of the gang and not just a silent spectator. The story unfolds only to pull you deeper into the lives of these colorful characters. A wonderful element this book has to offer is humor, and more than one kind. This book will have its reader laughing as well as sitting in silent amusement at some particular quirk. Do not think for one minute that this book is a comedy, however, it will have you near tears at some points too. A word of warning to all the books potential readers: This book is religious! Thats right, Ive said the R word. However, what is more important for those who are sensitive about the aforementioned R word, it is not preachy. This story does not attempt to convert you or convince you of the benefits of believing what these characters do believe. Feel safe, people of all faiths, your beliefs are out of harm's way, so if you can get past the rest of it, just sit back and enjoy the tale. Charlie Goodbear offers an ending that can only be described as bittersweet, but I will not spoil it for any potential readers who may be reading this. You will just have to acquire a copy of this wonderful book for yourself. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. ~Erma Bombeck "I have known Tom Thunderhorse for a good amount of time now and knowing him has made this book all the more enjoyable for me. I could hear his voice in my head as I read and his sense of humor and personality comes though in every character. I feel very touched to have been given the opportunity to enjoy his novel before it becomes available to the rest of the world and truly blessed to have met him." ~This Review By, Christina Malley
Humorist Jerry Zezima has always had an empty head. Now that his two daughters have flown the coop, he and his wife have an empty nest. The girls aren't completely out of the house, of course, because a lot of their stuff is still there. Written with warmth and hilarity, "The Empty Nest Chronicles" is sure to appeal to parents who miss their kids but now have a chance to rediscover each other, to recall what life was like BC (Before Children), and to ask the eternal empty-nester question: Are we having fun yet? Praise for "The Empty Nest Chronicles" " 'The Empty Nest Chronicles' is brimming with laughs." — Bill Geist, "CBS News Sunday Morning" correspondent "Reading 'The Empty Nest Chronicles' is like having a hilarious conversation with the nicest guy you'll ever meet. Self-deprecating, gentle, and really funny." — W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," "A Dog's Purpose," and "A Dog's Journey"
From Christie Mellor, the best-selling author of The Three-Martini Playdate, comes this hilarious (and helpful) guide to recovering from getting those little angels into college and out of the house. Filled with unapologetically funny yet entirely sympathetic advice, Mellor answers important questions (Is $200 an hour too much to spend for exam tutoring? Is moving to an apartment near campus ever an option?) and offers wise counsel on saying good-bye, getting kids to stay in touch (without begging), and coping when they come home to roost (which they will—for holidays, summer break, and possibly for years after graduation). Best of all, she inspires empty nesters to embrace their newfound freedom and enjoy their lives to the full.