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Empty Nester

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

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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.

How We Filled Our Empty Nest

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I clicked on a website. "Hey," I sat up straight. "Take a look at this." He glanced over, and then his eyes caught. I nodded. He moved closer. "What do you think?" My voice was quiet.

A Van Is Emptied, And A New Stage Of Parenting Begins

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 11.01.2012 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

On paper that minivan provided 150 cubic feet of space, enough to transport almost all my son's possessions. On this day it held a lot more than that.

Now Doesn't Last Forever

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

When it comes to our empty nest, absence will make the heart grow fonder. And when it comes to life in general, I suspect that presence makes the heart grow richer.

The Back-To-School Frenzy Ignites Wisdom And Bittersweet Memories For Empty Nesters

Debra Sharon Davis | Posted 10.23.2012 | Fifty
Debra Sharon Davis

In just a few years, the challenge for parents has become even more daunting as kids constantly measure themselves against the lives of their friends on Facebook. ...How can parents imbue their children with the sense that the greater race is within them?

10 Things To Look Forward To As An Empty Nester

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.30.2012 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

This is probably the most jolting part of the empty nest -- when you look at each other and think, 'Oh wow, it's just us now.'

WATCH: Three Moms Share Their Tips For Dealing With An Empty Nest

Posted 07.02.2012 | Fifty

You're always going to be a mother. You're just not an intense full-time mother -- you're a part-time mother and that's a good thing.

'I Am Their Living Yearbook'

Penny Love | Posted 07.22.2012 | Fifty
Penny Love

In my head, I know that parenthood is just a scaffolding, a temporary support during our children's construction of the actual building of their adult lives. But inwardly, I am beginning the uneasy process of squaring my heart with their growing up and leaving.

Black Bag Of Courage

Stephanie Gertler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Gertler

I had to let go of all the baggage that was literally weighing me down. I needed to pull up the strangling roots steeped in another era, when I was once physically and emotionally responsible for the health and well-being of three other lives.