Preparing, Adjusting, and Loving the Empty Nest: A Companion to Empty Nest, What's Next?

Preparing, Adjusting, and Loving the Empty Nest: A Companion to Empty Nest, What's Next?

by Michele Howe


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After Empty Nest, What’s Next? Parenting Adult Children without Losing Your Mind, readers asked author Michele Howe for more—covering topics not discussed in the rst book, along with questions at the end of each chapter for personal or group discussions. With Preparing, Adjusting, and Loving the Empty Nest, Howe provides expanded practical tips and spiritual wisdom in a three-part primer to help parents in this transitional time of life—helping them look to the future with hope as empty nesters.

Preparing, Adjusting, and Loving the Empty Nest covers new and more in-depth topics related to the empty-nest stage of life. The author invites you to sit down and “linger a while in all things empty nest related—then go a step further and reflect upon the life lessons other empty-nest parents have discovered.”

Sample chapters include:

• Helping Your High School Kids Ready Themselves to Face the World

• Budgeting Is a Family A air

• Generating a Strong Bond of Trust That Will Handle the Separation

• Handling Those Lonely Feelings

• Never, Ever Compare Your Journey to Others

• Work at Making Coming Home Special for Your Grown Children

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619708839
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Michele Howe is the author of fifteen books, mostly on parenting— ve of them with Hendrickson: Caring for Our Aging Parents: Lessons in Love, Loss, and Letting Go (2016), Empty Nest, What’s Next? Parenting Adult Children without Losing Your Mind (2015), Burdens Do a Body Good (2010), Still Going It Alone (2008), and Going It Alone (1999).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Preparing for the Empty Nest

1 Preparing Your High Schoolers to Face the World 3

2 Delegating Is Part of the Process 7

3 Budgeting Is a Family Affair 10

4 Embracing Change with Faith and Grace 14

5 Letting Go Today to Be More Equipped Later 18

6 Instilling Permanent Faith and Family Values 22

7 Building a Strong Bond of Trust 26

8 Relying on God's Nearness 30

9 Asking for Forgiveness for Past Mistakes 33

10 Listening to Your Children's Concerns 37

11 Offering Breathers to Your Children and Grandchildren 41

12 Praying for a Godly Legacy in Your Family Line 44

13 Trusting the Lord, One Day at a Time 48

Part 2 Adjusting to the Empty Nest

14 Handling Those Lonely Feelings 53

15 Dealing with Sad Goodbyes and Happy Hellos 56

16 Grieving the Change, but Not Getting Stuck There 59

17 Discovering New Ways to Use Your God-Given Talents 63

18 Loving Your Children Long-Distance 67

19 Developing a Prayer Journal and Interceding for Your Children 70

20 Communicating Your Feelings Honestly to Others 73

21 Keeping Up Your Spirit When You Feel Downhearted 77

22 Rejoicing That Your Adult Children Seek God 81

23 Focusing on Selfless Giving and Cultivating a Thankful Heart 85

24 Living Solo Unexpectedly 89

25 Sharing Special Vacations with Your Children 92

Part 3 Loving the Empty Nest

26 Recognizing Your Journey as Unique 97

27 Remembering the Past Accurately, Not Romantically 100

28 Reintroducing Romance to Your Marriage 104

29 Starting New Family Traditions 108

30 Making Coming Home Special for Your Grown Children 111

31 Stepping Up Healthy Living Patterns 114

32 Praying for New Areas of Ministry 117

33 Being Happy for Your Children's Sake 120

34 Encouraging (Not Guilt-Tripping) Your Children to Visit 123

35 Growing into Someone Your Adult Children Would Want as a Friend 126

36 Developing a Strong Social Network 129

37 Planning Wisely for Retirement 132

38 Being Hospitable as Long as You Are Able 135

39 Investing in Your Grandchildren's Lives 138

40 Giving Thanks for God's Enduring Faithfulness, Grace, and Strength 141

Sources for Quotations 144

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