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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…

The Empty Nest: 25 Things I’m Glad I’ll Never Have to Do Again- Back to School Edition

So maybe you’re an empty nester for the first time, and maybe you’re feeling a little nostalgic – or maybe your crying a river of tears that reaches from your living room to your kid’s dorm. As I watched my youngest packing boxes (so many boxes!) to head back to college for his senior year,…

The Empty Nest- Easier for Stay-at-Home Moms?

The prospect of the empty nest, while raising children, was for me as foreign and distant as the Siberian tundra. Imagining myself without children to care for as my primary occupation seemed at once impossible and slightly seductive — the idea of my kids off and on their own, while I had hours to pursue…

Why Looking for a Husband in College May Be a Good Idea

Last week, blogger and Princeton alum Susan Patton wrote a letter to the Daily Princetonian in which she explained why it’s important for the women of Princeton (and, I would assume, other colleges) to find a husband before leaving school. Among other reasons she cited the dearth of intellectual equals in the general population once…