Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters: 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving When the Kids Leave Home

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters: 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving When the Kids Leave Home


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This book provides support during a very emotional but exciting time for parents - sending their children off to college, new homes, or careers. It's a must-read for empty nesters or soon-to-be empty nesters grappling with their own bittersweet new freedom.

This is Chicken Soup for the Soul's first book on a very emotional but exciting time for parents - sending their children off to college or new homes and careers.

This terrific book is a must read for empty nesters or soon-to-be empty nesters. It contains 101 stories written by parents who have been there already and share their stories with new empty nesters. These heartfelt stories will inspire, support, and amuse parents grappling with their own bittersweet new freedom. The book also includes stories from the kids themselves, providing the view from the other side. Parents will nod their heads, cry a little, and laugh a lot as they recognize themselves and their almost grown-up children in these stories.

In this book, parents share stories of gazing at surprisingly clean bedrooms, starting new careers, rediscovering their spouses, and handling the continuing, and often humorous, needs of their children even while they are away at college or ensconced in their own apartments. In one amusing story, a mother writes of dropping her last child off at college and then realizing that she and her husband can do anything they want. They spend three days driving the six hours home.

The first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was published in 1993, and became a publishing industry sensation, ultimately selling eight million copies. Since then, more than 150 Chicken Soup titles have been published, selling more than 100 million copies.

Chicken Soup for the Soul has won dozens of awards over the past 15 years, and its founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have become celebrity motivational speakers and authors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935096221
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publication date: 10/07/2008
Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 168,971
Product dimensions: 8.44(w) x 5.42(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Santa Barbara, California

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1944

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas


B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

Table of Contents

Dedication v Foreword xiii
1 First Flights
1 Trading Spaces Susan M. Cameron 1
2 Forty Weeks Marian Gormley 5
3 Baby Steps Ruth Douillette 7
4 Giving Birth Gail Goeller 9
5 At the Close of the Day Ruth Douillette 11
6 A Close-Up Shot Norman L. Rehme Carol McAdoo Rehme 13
7 Condo-lences Donna Lowich 16
8 My Nice Surprise Cheryl Pierson 18
9 Send Cookies Jean Davidson 21
10 Gone Packing Vie Stallings Herlocker 24
11 Give Me a Sign Miriam Hill 25
12 A Matter of Time Carol McAdoo Rehme 27
13 And Suddenly He Was Gone Derek Maul 30
2 Under Our Wings and In Our Hearts
14 A Time to Keep Leslie Yeaton Koepke 37
15 Friends and Feathers Jeannie Lancaster 40
16 Read and Right Robin Crain 42
17 The Christmas Rose Karen R. Kilby 44
18 Coming Home Keith Kilby Karen R. Kilby 46
19 Adam's Place Jean Padgett 48
20 Fallen Nests Alice M. McGhee 51
21 A Different Vision Nancy Burnett Carolyn Miller 53
22 Left Behind Sebastian Moraga 56
23 Let It Snow! Karen Heywood 58
24 Linked Together Beverly Ginsberg 60
25 The Truth of Consequences Nancy Ann Erskine 62
26 It's in the Mail Lisa Coalwell 65
3 Out on a Limb
27 Heavens to Betsey! Pamela Goldstein 71
28 Wheel of Choices Jean Bobb 74
29 Curtains for Mary Carol Panerio 77
30 Holding Down the Fort Marjorie Woodall 80
31 Teen Angles Ruth Magan 82
32 The Last Load Patricia Cena Evans 86
33 Aligned in Time Sally Friedman 89
34 A Second Chance Tiffany O'Neill 92
35 A New Route Kathleen McNamara 95
36 Birthday Blues Drema Drudge 97
37 The Apple of My Eye Pamela Goldstein 100
38 Bring Her Home Karen Kosman 103
4 Ruffled Feathers
39 Ode to the(Almost) Empty Nest Bonnie Compton Hanson 111
40 Remember Me? Kathryn A. Begnaud 112
41 Help! The Mothers Are Coming Carol Mell 114
42 The Last Summer Amy Newmark 117
43 The Whiz Kid Beatrice E. Brown 120
44 They Come Home Again Susan Stewart 123
45 Tracking Time Mary E. Laufer 126
46 Ka-ding! Ka-ding! C. Hope Clark 130
47 For Better or For Worst BJ Jensen 134
48 They're Coming B-a-a-a-ck Beverly Bush Smith 138
49 You Can't Go Home Again Stephen Rogers 141
50 Say "Cheese" Gary Lautens 143
51 College Daze Lana Robertson Hayes 145
52 Sea Scape Donna Savage 147
5 Wings and Wisdom
53 Taking Flight Michele Ivy Davis 153
54 My Mother's Daughter Connie Sturm Cameron 156
55 An October Garden Chris Ransick 159
56 The Stress of a Mess Nancy Geiger 162
57 Dance, Daughter, Dance Karen Landrum 164
58 Five O'Clock Shadow Patrica Cena Evans 166
59 Nest-less and Restless Sarah Stringfield 169
60 Seventeen Cheryl Pierson 171
61 Night Calls Emily E. Weaver 174
62 Connections Kimberly Porrazzo 178
63 Pedal Power Carol Grund 180
64 Surprise Guest Kerry Krycho 183
65 Swings and Things Caitlin Bailey 185
6 Left Behind
66 Empty? Says Who? Robert Depew 191
67 Hats Off! Caroleah Johnson 194
68 Cheers! Alice Collins 197
69 The Treasure Chest Mary K. McClanahan 200
70 Discarded Memories Linda Leary 203
71 Under Construction Karen R. Gray-Keeler 205
72 Treasure Linda Bispham 208
73 Over Stuff-ed Donna Milligan Meadows 209
74 Table Talk Joyce Stark 211
75 Sold! Pamela Blaine 214
76 Catch and Release Marilyn Ross 216
77 Two's Company, Three's a Family Terri E. Tiffany 219
78 Heart Strings Rhonda Lane Phillips 222
7 Branching Out
79 Silence Jackie M. Cornwell 227
80 Learning to Fly Georgia A. Hubley 231
81 A Different Drummer Sally Kelly-Engeman 235
82 Paris When It Sizzles Bill Zarchy 238
83 A Slice of Paradise Kathe Campbell 241
84 Oh What A Trip Chantal Meijer 245
85 On Edge Stephanie Welcher Thompson 247
86 Headed to Hollywood Carla Riehl 250
87 Taking Note Miriam Hill 254
88 The Exodus Al Serradell 257
89 Stepping Out Nancy M. Peterson 259
90 All Is Calm Terri E. Tiffany 262
8 Home Sweet Nest
91 Hoops Peggy Vommaro 267
92 The Big Picture Dorothy Firman 268
93 Moving On Al Serradell 270
94 Home Improvements Christine Kettle 273
95 Where's the Beef? Patrick Mendoza 275
96 Rewinding the Clock Sally Friedman 278
97 Street Wise Ted Thompson 282
98 Weekend Washerwoman Beverly F. Walker 285
99 The Lyons' Tale Chelsea Lyons Pyle Kassie N. Lyons 286
100 Giggles in the Dark Sheri L. Torelli 289
101 The Heart of the Matter Wanda Lynne Quist 291 Meet Our Contributors! 297 Who Is Jack Canfield? 317 Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 319 Who Is Carol McAdoo Rehme? 321 Who Is Patricia Cena Evans? 323 Acknowledgments 329 More Chicken Soup 334

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