Empty Nest: What's Next?

Empty Nest: What's Next?

by Michele Howe


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You did it! You made it through their terrible twos and awkward high school years. Now they're grown and out of the house, but you don't stop being a parent once they're gone. Instead of dealing with toddler temper tantrums, you're dealing with their emotional ups and downs as they figure out college, marriage, children of their own, or new jobs. Michele Howe's book is the perfect companion for parents of adult children. Inside you'll find practical tips and spiritual wisdom to help you navigate I his important role. With this book you'll learn to: Reassess your identity now that you're not a full-time parent. Who does Cod want you to be? Let go and let Cod. Is he enough? Find new goals and interests apart from your children. What's God's plan for you now? Invest more tune in your spouse and learn about each other again, outside of parenting. Support your children. How do you counsel adult fads? And much more …

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619706668
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 137
Sales rank: 1,234,353
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Michele Howe is the author of over fifteen books that inspire Christian women of all ages to live healthy and fulfilling lives. She has also published over 2,000 reviews and articles, and has been featured on numerous radio shows across the country speaking on topics such as parenting and women’s health issues.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 Entering the Empty Nest (or Almost There) 3

2 Accepting that Parenting Mistakes Are Done Deals 7

3 Keeping First Things First-Faith Then Family 11

4 Learning to Step Back and Occasionally Advise 15

5 Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster 19

6 Recognizing that Adult Children Make Adult-Sized Mistakes 23

7 Welcoming Your Children's Future Dates and Mates 29

8 Recreating Your Life with Children on the Sidelines 33

9 Reinvesting in Your Marriage 37

10 Viewing Your Adult Children as Peers and Equals 41

11 Twisting the Plot-You're a Grandparent 47

12 Stepping in to Parent Your Grandchildren in a Crisis 51

13 Building Good Relationships with Your Children's In-Laws 57

14 Redefining Your Role in Life Now 61

15 Letting Adult Children Become Fiscally Responsible 65

16 Reinventing Life Goals from Midlife and Beyond 69

17 Helping Adult Children Endure the Difficult Seasons of Life 73

18 Having Fun-Even When Your Adult Children Have Problems 77

19 Welcoming Untimely Interruptions 83

20 Supporting Your Adult Children through a Crisis 87

21 Giving Counsel When Your Adult Children Want to Give Up 91

22 Investing in People Other than Your Adult Children 95

23 Allowing Adult Children to Move Back Home 99

24 Banishing Worry for Good 103

25 Applying Tough Love as Needed 107

26 Being Hopeful When Your Adult Child's Life Falls Apart 113

27 Praying for Something You Can't Talk About 117

28 Asking for Forgiveness as Needed 121

29 Learning from Your Adult Children with Grace 125

30 Loving Them Unconditionally 131

Sources for Quotations 135

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