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Empty Nest: Strategies to Help Your Kids Take Flight is a new book by Marci Seither that serves as a guide to help parents gently navigate changes as their children leave home. While my daughter is still many years from leaving home, I thought that this would be an interesting read. As my daughter is progressing through elementary school, she is becoming more and more independent. So, I find our relationship rapidly changing as my daughter experiences more of the world without dear old mom at her side. While I am glad for some extra time to be me, there are times that I am wondering what she is up to at whatever function she is attending.
Empty Nest incorporates a combination of strategies to help parents sort out how they are feeling and how to proceed on their new path. Marci draws from her own experience, the experience of other parents and children, spiritual quotes, and a thought question complete with space for making notes. I love that the book is peppered with tidbits and strategies from parents and their "launched" children. Each gives the perspective that all though we all will see our children grow into adults, the way each will launch will be different and that is ok.
Empty Nest is a wonderful volume for all parents whether they are standing at the edge of a new world without their children or their children are still younger. As our children grow, they are always stepping further and further away. So tips from this book can help with these transitions and provide gentle reminders about how to handle when our children leave. Marci's book will help you handle your new found time while still maintaining a quality and supportive relationship with your child. A lovely book!