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The ABCs of Empty Nesting

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The college kids are heading back to their messy apartments or moving for the first time into their dorm rooms. So how are you feeling, parents? Will you miss those kids? Other than when our children are born, there’s no bigger change in our lives as parents than when our children leave home. It’s a shock to the system – but there…

Finding Your Way Back to You in the Empty Nest

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As the end of summer approaches, there’s a large, collective sigh about to be heard among parents sending their children to college. Mingled with that collective sigh will be tears, “I love yous,” and a million different ways of saying goodbye. Whether it’s the first time they’re leaving, or time for them to return to a…

How Walking My Dog is Like Raising My Children

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My dog Lambeau is thrilled each time I take the leash out of the closet. He jumps up and down, leaping with the joyous anticipation of fresh air, new scents, puddles, grass and the mystery of the unknown. My babies would greet me each morning, standing in their cribs, their happy, toothless grins welcoming me,…

Searching for the New in an Empty Nest

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This is the first year I will not have any children starting school since 1992. The memory of dropping off my daughter for her first day of pre-school, my 3 month old baby boy in my arms, is so vivid. Everything in my life was brand new – my children, my home, my marriage, my minivan, my…

How to Build a Comfortable Home After the Kids Have Gone

This is written in partnership with Jonathan Swain Your children have left the nest and are now living on their own. This is a big moment for parent and child, marking a period of profound change for both. Understandably, the thought of living without kids can be unnerving for parents. Everything from the kind of meals…

Katie Couric, the Empty Nest and Me

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Three years ago when I started blogging about the empty nest I had no idea what I was doing. I had given up on finding a job after a year of searching, and wanted to start writing – something I’d always loved to do. I never imagined the people, opportunities and experiences my blog would…

Being Comfortable with the Quiet of an Empty Nest

One of the most challenging things when your kids leave home is being comfortable with the quiet of an empty nest. Despite a fundamentally good marriage, there are hours…days…sometimes longer when my husband and I don’t have much to say to each other. It’s not that he’s not interesting – and it’s certainly not that I’m…

9 Reasons My Marriage Shouldn’t Work – and One Reason it Does

  Last month, my husband and I celebrated the 26th anniversary of the day we met. By celebrate I mean we completely forgot about it. Since we’ve known each other for 26 years,  I’ve known him  for more of my life than I haven’t. It didn’t take long after we met for us to decide…

15 Things I Miss During the Holidays in My Empty Nest (Cookies!)

Most of the year, the empty nest is good. Though I miss my kids when I don’t see them or hear from them often enough (are you listening, son?), my husband and I have adapted quite nicely to a home that’s just the two of us and our dog. But somewhere around mid-October, I start…

“What Not to Wear”- the Husband Edition

Being empty-nesters, there’s often a lot of free time on the weekends. Sometimes my husband and I get a little lazy about doing anything that involves more than walking the dog, reading the paper or changing the channel, but every so often one of us will feel inspired to want to do something a little…