08/23/2014 07:54 am ET Updated Aug 23, 2014

5 Things Empty Nesters Never Say

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Many of my children's friends are now married and having babies. Lately, as I held a newborn, one new mother asked for some advice from an experienced parent. Of course there is all the practical advice about diaper brands, nursing vs. bottles, and which baby monitor works well, but I wanted to concentrate on the more important matters of raising a child in a way that gives them every chance to become a godly person. In so doing, I reflected on conversations I've had with my empty-nester friends.

Here are five things I have never heard an empty-nester say:

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