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Empty Nester

How I Need To Rethink My Empty Nest

Robin Hardman | Posted 07.21.2016 | Fifty
Robin Hardman

My daughter graduated high school last week. By late August, she’ll be on her way to college, and, since she’s the younger of our two, I’ll be a...

A Day to Let Go

Rebecca Hargus | Posted 12.05.2016 | Parents
Rebecca Hargus

It's a gut wrenching feeling, a time of swollen eyes full of tears, and hearts that feel empty and broken. It's pride filled thoughts of the future and a bittersweet rush of memories. The empty nest: a roller coaster of emotion. It leaves you wondering what to do with the rest of your life.

DABDA: 5 Ways to Manage Your Empty Nest

Tara Fass | Posted 10.09.2016 | Fifty
Tara Fass

While not a literal death, an empty nest is a game changing passage from one developmental stage to another. Kubler-Ross was brilliant in coming up with DABDA, which is an acronym for Denial (and Isolation), Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

How To Downsize Your Home In 9 Easy Steps

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.11.2016 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

It was true. My kids were grown and gone, I was divorced, and it was time to leave my home of 26 years for something smaller and more manageable. Gulp. The word 'downsizing' sounds harsh to me. Somehow it conveys your life isn't as important -- as vital -- as it used to be.

A Final Salute to the Cold That Makes It So Nice to Spring Forward

Mary Buchan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Buchan

As I have waited and watched for the first signs of spring in my town near Charlotte, North Carolina, I knew I was enjoying a yearly rite of anticipation that more tropical climes simply don't offer.

5 Ways To Add Passion Back Into Your Marriage (Not Just The Bedroom)

High50 | Posted 03.27.2015 | Fifty

There comes a time in every relationship when there's an urgent need to reconnect: when the kids leave, in the aftermath of an affair, or when everything's just got a bit stale. Even couples who felt they were rubbing along quite amicably while the kids were at home are forced to recognize that they've been living parallel lives when the kids leave.

'They Grow Up So Fast!'...and Other Cliché Phrases

Denice Duff | Posted 12.31.2014 | Fifty
Denice Duff

I came home from the airport to quiet house with an empty laundry hamper, the sink devoid of dirty dishes and a bathroom counter I could actually see. And I thought to myself, there are two things that are keeping me from sobbing from loneliness.

6 Tips For Successfully Adjusting To An Empty Nest

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.21.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

The shocking and painful reality hit me as my last child drove away to college: I will live without my children longer than I will live with them. I stood alone in the empty house and howled like a wounded beast. Then I blew my nose, grabbed my work gloves, and proceeded to convert my son's bedroom into a writing studio. Finally, Mama created her own space!

The 10 Best Things About Being An Empty Nester

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 08.01.2014 | Fifty
Marcia Kester Doyle

There was a time when I took pride in the fact that my house was one of the busiest (and noisiest) on the street. I had four children of my own, took care of five others during the after school hours, and maintained a revolving door for all the neighborhood kids to come over whenever they chose. My house was always LOUD. Music blasting, televisions blaring, giggling, squealing, and raucous games of basketball in the driveway --this was the norm.

7 Creative Makeovers For Your Kid's Newly-Spare Bedroom

Posted 04.03.2014 | Fifty

Becoming an empty nester doesn't have to be a sad time. Sure, it takes some getting used to not having noisy, messy, yet lovable teens around the hous...

13 Things About Parenting You'll Only Appreciate Once Your Kids Leave The House

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 04.01.2014 | Fifty

Those of you who still have small children in the house may not believe it, but one day you'll actually miss the piles of laundry and dirty dishes lef...

The 7 Words My Son Said That Broke My Heart

Carole Montgomery | Posted 05.04.2014 | Fifty
Carole Montgomery

I DIDN'T WANT TO STOP MOTHERING!!! I liked it too much. Everything about it. The dirty faces, the spills, the fights, the tears, the birthday parties, the house full of noisy kids after a little league game. I could go on, but you get my point.

A Mother Writes About the Purpose of Motherhood

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

Something changed in the 20-plus years that I've been a mom. Something dramatic happened. Somewhere along the way, I stretched. And it wasn't just my belly.

Withdrawal Jitters: A Mother Writes About Her Son Leaving for College

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.19.2013 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

I'm close to the edge. I'm teetering between feeling abandoned and like the richest girl in the world -- rich because he chose me to be his mom, to give me that smile and that laugh.

PHOTOS: 10 Ways To Tell You're In An Empty Nester's Home

Posted 08.31.2013 | Fifty

In any house, it's easy to tell when children are present. From nurseries and child-safety locks on doorknobs and cabinets, to the sound of slamming d...

'This Is Not Your Parents' Empty Nest'

Mary Quigley | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty
Mary Quigley

The great migration to college begins this week. Bed, Bath and Beyond has been sacked and the booty loaded in the car, so heavily weighted down that the back bumper practically scrapes the ground. Move-in day dawns, inevitably hot and humid, with all the 'stuff' needing to be carried up at least three flights of stairs. That's the easy part.

9 Things You Should Never Say To An Empty Nester

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 08.19.2013 | Fifty

There are just some things that are better left unsaid, especially when you're speaking to a new empty nester. A seemingly innocuous suggestion -- "wh...

When You're The Oldest Guy At The Rock Concert

Peter Gerstenzang | Posted 06.20.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Peter Gerstenzang Being the oldest guy at an indie-rock concert had surprising benefits I don’t usually feel li...

8 Surefire Cures For The Empty Nest Blues

Jeb Harrison | Posted 08.13.2013 | Fifty
Jeb Harrison

After a couple of decades of child-rearing, from changing diapers to warming midnight bobbies; *POOF*! All that's left is a lonely stuffy on the bed, some old CD cases, and a closet full of mementos that you now crawl through, a silly sentimental tear rolling down your nose. Now what?

What Empty Nest Parents Miss Doing Most With Their Kids

Posted 04.11.2013 | Fifty

Kids -- they grow up so fast. And while you treasure the ever-evolving relationship you now have with your children as they grow up, admit it: you mis...

Why Parents Should Be Careful What They Wish For

Felice Shapiro | Posted 06.07.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

Imagine a World Without an Empty Nest? There's a big change brewing that could really wreak havoc on our empty nesting cycle. We're talking about a move toward online learning -- imagine: your kid does not GO to college -- He does college from the comfort of your home!

What Being An Empty Nester Is Really Like

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 04.24.2013 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

Now that I'm an empty nester with a world full of possibilities, I think back to the days when my choices were almost nil, and in some ways I think my then-toddler sons had more options than I did. For many years, until my third son went off to college, it seemed that my choices were limited indeed.

The Room Of My Life

Next Avenue | Posted 02.19.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Anne Kreamer In turning an empty adult child's bedroom into an office, a mother blends generations of family history...

I Want My Daughters Back!

John Blumenthal | Posted 02.03.2013 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

Some people claim that God created teenagers so parents wouldn't die of utter despair when their formerly adorable children left the nest and toddled off to college. But what if your teenagers are not insufferable? What if they're sweet, affectionate and pleasant to be around? What then?

What I Never Expected When My Sons Left For College

Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.22.2012 | Fifty
Lisa Belkin

"Empty nester!" friends exclaim. "How is it?" Just as I thought it would be. And completely the opposite.