2 thoughts on “When the Chicks Begin to Leave the Nest: Thoughts on Empty Nesting and Motherhood

  • February 22, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Your article reflects my own feeling so closely it is spooky. My boys are 23 (moved out5 months ago) and the other one just graduated college at 26 so will leave after finding a job and a car. Being a stay at home mom was the best thing in my life. DEspite two episodes of depression which are gone and having anxiety I knew while living it it would be the best time in my life. My sons are close, happy and healthy. If I could have one wish I would have and raise them all over again. But now my husband of 30 years and I have to go back to the two of us, we are going to couples counseling to learn how to communicate better and refocus on our relationship

    • February 23, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      I think this is a sensitive time for most parents, and one that is often overlooked in terms of our larger society supporting parents as children launch… it’s a time of excitement and joy, as well as grief and wistfulness…a myriad of emotions…and that’s ok. Somehow humans have been doing this launching thing on the planet for many many years…we will all get through it 🙂


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