My favorite way to research things is to read it for myself. I figure a lot of you are like me so I have linked some of my favorite books and websites on this page. All of these books and websites either deal with empty nest syndrome or the empty nest in general.
When my last child left home I literally read every book I could get my hands on and every website I could find on the internet. I do think it helped me to know that others were feeling like I did and what they did to help themselves get through it.
My Top Picks for Books on Empty Nest and Empty Nest Syndrome
I love reading, especially about something I find interesting or something that is affecting me. I hope these books interest you as much as they did me.
Live your best life―even after your kids leave home
When her children left for college, Melissa Shultz was certain that she had prepared them well for their new lives-but her own life was a different matter entirely. Her house was empty, her purpose unclear. If her life was no longer dominated by the day-to-day demands of being “Mom,” then who exactly was she? And how would she ever move forward?
From Mom to Me Again is the story of one woman’s reinvention. Shultz’s struggle with the empty nest and the transformation of her marriage, friendships, career, and ultimately herself, is part memoir and part self-help guide. Funny, poignant, and practical, this book tells Shultz’s personal story and provides valuable advice for readers preparing to send their children off into the world. She shows women that while they’ll always be mothers, it’s time for them to take center stage in their own lives once again.
Discover New Passion and Purpose after the Kids Leave Home
Many women approaching their empty-nest years do so with mixed emotions–feeling grief for what is no more but also excitement for what lies ahead. Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates are seasoned empty nesters, and they know firsthand the ups and downs, the uncertainty and challenges that accompany this new stage of life.
Although Mom is a lifelong role, the job description changes significantly when the kids are grown. Questions abound: Who am I now? How do I relate to my kids? How will my marriage be affected? Where am I needed? Every woman in this stage needs to determine her own redefined role as wife, mother, friend, and more. Offering practical advice and biblical guidance, along with inspiring personal stories of women who have discovered how to live a meaningful life during the “second half,” Barbara and Susan help you work out how to flourish and thrive in your own empty nests.
Facing the eight challenges of the empty-nest years
Your children are gone or leaving soon. It’s time to focus once again on your own future and especially on your marriage. What’s in store for the second half? David and Claudia Arp provide answers and practical help in this groundbreaking book. Drawing on their national survey of hundreds of “second-half” couples, the Arps reveal eight marital challenges every long-term marriage faces, and they offer strategies and exercises for meeting each of them. The Second Half of Marriage will challenge you to create a vision for the rest of your life together — and inspire you to make that vision a reality.
A heartwarming, wry, and often surprising collection of essays about the next rite of passage for Baby Boomers: what happens when the kids leave home
As the baby boom generation ages — the oldest are now turning sixty — many of them are learning to deal with a whole new way of life, after the last child has finally moved out and they are, once again, alone. It’s the same milestone their own parents faced, but as with so many other markers, this generation approaches it in a whole new way.
In this fascinating collection, journalist Karen Stabiner has assembled essays from thirty-one writers about their own experience with the empty nest. Parents whose children left home last week join those with grandchildren to explore how life changes once the offspring leave (unless, of course, they move back in again later). They represent the full range of experience — from traditional nuclear families to single parents to gay parents to grandparents — with humor, grace, and poignancy.
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Website Resources For Empty Nest and Empty Nest Syndrome
These are some of the most popular websites on the internet dealing with Empty Nest issues.
Check back often because I will be adding more books and websites as I find ones that I feel you will enjoy.