5 Strategies to Deal With Empty Nest

5 Strategies to Deal With Empty Nest

As a therapist, I try to focus not just on concepts, but on tangibles to help people make concrete changes in their lives, no matter what issues they are facing. This goes for facing an empty nest as well. There are very specific things you can do to help yourself get...
My Journey from Infertility to an Empty Nest

My Journey from Infertility to an Empty Nest

A few years ago I had the pleasure of reading my essay “Momville” at Listen to Your Mother in Northwest Arkansas. It’s a humorous take on my motherhood journey, from infertility to empty nest. I hope you enjoy! We are halfway through the month of...
Visiting Your Grown Child In Their New Home

Visiting Your Grown Child In Their New Home

During our son’s first year at Vanderbilt, my husband and I traveled to Nashville to visit. I’d been doing pretty well in my new empty nest, or “NestAche” as I called it. As we were pulling into our hotel, we saw him striding down the street. I...
How To Let Go of Your Kids

How To Let Go of Your Kids

  By now, I have ridden many waves of transition from hands-on mom to empty nest mom, or NestAche mom, as I prefer to call it. From, “Mom, will you take us to the pool?” to, “Mom, I’m not going to be here for dinner, but can some guys come...
Emotionally Preparing for an Empty Coop

Emotionally Preparing for an Empty Coop

I wish I had a nickel for every time someone had warned me against the dreaded “empty nest” during my son’s last in high school. Was I prepared?  How were my husband and I going to manage, especially given that we had only been blessed with one of the...