Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest

Discovering New Purpose, Passion, and Your Next Great Adventure
Author: Barbara Rainey,Susan Yates
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 144123098X
Category: Religion
Page: 256
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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.

When You're Facing the Empty Nest

Avoiding Midlife Meltdown When Your Child Leaves Home
Author: Mary Ann Froehlich
Publisher: Bethany House Pub
ISBN: 9780764200182
Category: Religion
Page: 138
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"Ideal for women whose children are graduating from high school, this sensitive book lets readers know they aren't alone in their feelings of loss. It offers a sense of hope for the future and practical suggestions for parenting their young adult children

The House is Quiet, Now What?


Author: Janice Thompson,Kathleen Y'Barbo
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
ISBN: 1607424983
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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Wondering what to do now that the kids have flown the coop? Look no further than Turning Points for Empty Nesters, wherein answers to the questions and challenges now facing you reside. Fuel-for-the-journey chapters address issues such as redefining and rediscovering yourself, deliberate downsizing, dealing with depression, balancing new responsibilities, becoming part of the sandwich generation, living with a renewed purpose, and so much more. Filled with sage advice and practical, biblically-based guidance, this unique volume will help you devise a new flight pattern as you navigate your way through the rest of your fabulous life.

The Art of Parenting

Aiming Your Child's Heart Toward God
Author: Dennis Rainey,Barbara Rainey
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1493413686
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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From Marriage and Family Experts Dennis and Barbara Rainey Dennis and Barbara Rainey have spent decades helping families find biblical help to strengthen and transform family relationships. Through radio broadcasts, conferences, and other events, they have been teaching on the foundations necessary for building godly families. Now they bring insights and expertise gleaned from those years of ministry, as well as from their own personal experience of raising six children, to The Art of Parenting. Expanding on parenting themes shared with FamilyLife audiences in person and on the radio, Dennis and Barbara offer trusted advice on how to establish Christian values in your home. In The Art of Parenting, Dennis and Barbara will help you to experience God's truth and apply his Word in your family by focusing your attention on four crucial elements in your children's lives: 1. Identity--understanding who they are in Christ 2. Character--learning to live wisely and honorably 3. Relationships--fostering godly connections with others 4. Mission--understanding why they are here When you apply biblical truths in these four areas, you can feel confident your children will have a foundation they can build upon for the rest of their lives.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit
Author: Jack Canfield,Mark Victor Hansen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1453279911
Category: Self-Help
Page: 480
View: 5671
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Rediscover the power of inspiration with timeless stories about the everyday miracles that illuminate the best of the human spirit. Whether you're discovering Chicken Soup for the first time or are a long time fan, this volume will inspire you to be a better person, reach for your highest potential, share your love and embrace the world around you.

You Know You're an Empty Nester When...

A Hilarious Look at Life After Kids
Author: Dianne Sundby,Jeff Law
Publisher: SP Books
ISBN: 1561718858
Category: Humor
Page: 121
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This book humorously depicts the very real phenomenon of 'life after kids'. With captivating illustrations throughout and incisive and amusing one-liners, you will immediately recognise yourself or someone you know who is or was an Empty Nester. Written by a practising psychologist, Dianne Sundby brings her years of therapeutic experience, insight, and understanding to the written word with clarity and wit.

My Nest Isn't Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space

The Amazing Adventures of an Ordinary Woman
Author: Lisa Scottoline,Francesca Serritella
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429941815
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 256
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Critics and readers loved Lisa Scottoline's first collection of true-life stories, which only encouraged her—now she's back with these all-new, exciting adventures. She's farther down the road now, and the scenery has changed—ex-husbands Thing One and Thing Two are in her rear-view mirror, daughter Francesca has moved into an apartment, and Lisa's finding the silver lining in her empty nest, which has lots more room for her shoes. And some things have stayed the same—Mother Mary is still the feistiest octogenarian on the planet, who won't part with her recipe for tomato sauce or her thirty-year old bra. In this book Lisa and Francesca spill all their family secrets—which sound a lot like yours, if you understand that three generations of women is the formula for spontaneous combustion. Inspired by her weekly column entitled, "Chick Wit" for The Philadelphia Inquirer, this is a book you'll have to put down—just to stop laughing.

10 Great Dates for Empty Nesters


Author: David and Claudia Arp
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310865638
Category: Religion
Page: 224
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A simple dating plan that is sure to revive romance and rejuvenate the fun quotient in your empty-nest marriageIt’s just the two of you again and it’s time to renew your relationship. You can reconnect and reclaim that same spark, excitement, and creativity you experienced before you had kids through ten innovative, fun dates guaranteed to spice up your marriage. Specially crafted for empty-nesters, these dates are based on marriage-enriching themes, such as• Becoming a couple again• Rediscovering intimate talk• Revitalizing your love life• Growing together spiritually• Relating to adult children• Becoming best friends10 Great Dates for Empty Nesters will fill your empty nest with fun, friendship, and romance. It is refreshing to read a book about marriage written by people who don’t just believe in marriage but actually understand how it works.—John Gray, Author, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling


Author: Dr. Tim Clinton,Dr. John Trent
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 9781441210944
Category: Religion
Page: 304
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We all know of families or marriages in crisis. When those suffering in such situations turn to us for help, where do we turn? The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage and Family Counseling provides the answers. It is an A-Z guide for assisting people-helpers--pastors, professional counselors, youth workers, and everyday believers--to easily access a full array of information to aid them in (formal and informal) counseling situations. Issues addressed by Clinton and Trent include affairs and adultery, communication in marriage, parenting, sibling rivalry, and many more. Each of the forty topics covered follows a helpful eight-part outline and identifies: 1) typical symptoms and patterns, 2) definitions and key thoughts, 3) questions to ask, 4) directions for the conversation, 5) action steps, 6) biblical insights, 7) prayer starters, and 8) recommended resources. About the series The Quick-Reference Guides are A-Z guides that assist people-helpers--pastors, professional counselors, youth workers, and everyday believers--to easily access a full array of information to aid them in (formal and informal) counseling situations. Each of the forty topics covered follows a helpful eight-part outline and identifies: 1) typical symptoms and patterns, 2) definitions and key thoughts, 3) questions to ask, 4) directions for the conversation, 5) action steps, 6) biblical insights, 7) prayer starters, and 8) recommended resources.

It's My Turn

Finding Identity and Purpose after The Empty Nest
Author: Janine Hall
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1496964144
Category: Self-Help
Page: 242
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When the children leave home, many women suffer from malaise and wonder what to do with the rest of their lives. Many struggle with a feeling of purposelessness. This Christian author contends that the empty-nest stage is the gateway to new and fulfilling modes of living and an opportunity to enjoy a closer walk with God. Approximately seventy essays explore the female experience immediately before and during the empty-nest stage and the opportunity not only to move on but also to move upward.

From Mom to Me Again

How I Survived My First Empty-Nest Year and Reinvented the Rest of My Life
Author: Melissa Shultz
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1492618446
Category: Self-Help
Page: 224
View: 9784
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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.

Becoming God's True Woman


Author: Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
Publisher: Crossway
ISBN: 1433522209
Category: Religion
Page: 208
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A charge to women to recover what the feminist revolution has robbed them of: the God-given beauty, wonder, and treasure of their distinctive calling and mission. The feminist revolution was supposed to bring women greater fulfillment and freedom. Yet women today feel anything but fulfilled and free because they have lost the distinctiveness and richness of their calling as women. Now a movement is spreading seeds of hope, humility, obedience, and prayer-a call to return to godly womanhood-and its truth will resound in the hearts of readers through the powerful messages of Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Susan Hunt, Mary Kassian, Carolyn Mahaney, Barbara Hughes, P. Bunny Wilson, and Dorothy Patterson. Though each author approaches the subject of godly womanhood differently, a thread runs throughout that will instill joy and delight at the greatness of God's created order and the part he wants women to play in his grand, redemptive plan. Includes a study guide.

The Empty Nest

How to survive and stay close to your adult child
Author: Celia Dodd
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748118454
Category: Self-Help
Page: 256
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More than half a million parents confront the empty nest for the first time each year. It is one of the most challenging phases of parenting, often creating feelings of loss, lack of purpose and crisis of identity which can lead to depression. Yet it receives little recognition. And contrary to popular opinion it doesn't only affect women who've put their careers on hold: working mothers and fathers suffer too. Equally, it can be a period of liberation and discovery of new challenges, when marriages long overstressed by childcare can be rejuvenated. The book will include plenty of people's experiences; expert comment and advice; and there will be a practical strand full of ideas, inspiration, tips etc. There will be a strong focus on the positive as well as how to handle the changing relationship with your children to ensure a fulfilling and good relationship going forward, an area of parenting often ignored.

The Empty Nest

31 Parents Tell the Truth About Relationships, Love, and Freedom After the Kids Fly the Coop
Author: Karen Stabiner
Publisher: Hachette Books
ISBN: 0316272574
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 320
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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, including well-known authors such as Anna Quindlen, Ellen Goodman, and Susan Shreve, 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.

Give Them Wings

Preparing For the Time Your Teen Leaves Home
Author: Carol Kuykendall,Krista Gilbert
Publisher: NavPress
ISBN: 1684280540
Category: Religion
Page: 320
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Your teen comes home with her driver’s license. College catalogs fill your mailbox. Senior pictures are taken, and graduation gowns are fitted. The family car is loaded to take your college freshman to his dorm. During that transition time when a teen becomes a young adult, family roles must stretch and adjust to accommodate spreading wings. What can you expect in this process? Give Them Wings offers insight into how families change as parents and teens make room for the future. Emphasizing the need for independence and responsibility, Give Them Wings explores many ways that parents can equip their teen. If your children are on the brink of adulthood, Give Them Wings can help you survive the changes and thrive on the challenges the next few years will bring. You can be prepared to help your teens journey into adulthood, as well as learn to enjoy the process of emptying the nest.

Born to Be Wild

Rediscover the Freedom of Fun
Author: Jill Baughan
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
ISBN: 9781596690486
Category: Religion
Page: 207
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Born to Be Wild is a delightful story-driven invitation to hop onto your "inner Harley" and live life as an adventure instead of a dreaded succession of midlife responsibilities and losses. Jill Baughan uses bite-size chapters that include wonder-filled stories, humor, and relevant Scripture to take us on such an adventure. The chapters are organized chronologically according to the stages of life, with stories that relate to childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, midlife, and old age. Baughan emphasizes that great joy and deep sorrow can walk hand in hand in a life in which an intimate relationship with God is the first priority. Each chapter has "takeaways," making this book suitable for use as a focus book for a weekend retreat or a five-week group study.

75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know

The Fascinating Stories behind Great Works of Art, Literature, Music, and Film
Author: Terry Glaspey
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1493400460
Category: Religion
Page: 365
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Some of the greatest painters, musicians, architects, writers, filmmakers, and poets have taken their inspiration from their faith and impacted millions of people with their stunning creations. Now readers can discover the stories behind seventy-five of these masterpieces and the artists who created them. From the art of the Roman catacombs to Rembrandt to Makoto Fujimura; from Gregorian Chant to Bach to U2; from John Bunyan and John Donne to Flannery O'Connor and Frederick Buechner; this book unveils the rich and varied artistic heritage left by believers who were masters at their craft. Author and historian Terry Glaspey shares the absorbing true stories behind these masterpieces and helps readers see the fascinating details they might have missed. By looking through the eyes of these creative artists, readers will gain deeper perspectives about the human condition, the Christian story, and their own spiritual lives.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters

101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving When the Kids Leave Home
Author: Jack Canfield,Mark Victor Hansen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781611591668
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 368
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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters provides support during an emotional but exciting time for parents -- sending their children off to college, new homes, or careers. A must read for empty nesters or soon-to-be empty nesters. Full of heartfelt stories about gazing at surprisingly clean bedrooms, starting new careers, rediscovering spouses, and handling the continuing, and often humorous, needs of children, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters will inspire, support, and amuse parents. They’ll nod their heads, cry a little, and laugh a lot, as they read these oh-so-true stories.

Empty Nest, What's Next?

Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind
Author: Michele Howe
Publisher: Hendrickson Pub
ISBN: 9781619706668
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: N.A
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The purpose of "Empty Nest, What's Next?" is to help parents adjust to their changing roles as parents of adult children. Unlike the first eighteen years of parenting, moms and dads now take on more of an advisory role and step out of the daily hands-on instructional role. In theory, this stepping to the sidelines parenting style should lead to a simpler, less stress-free life for the parents. However, real-life parenting young adults is often much more challenging than all the earlier years put together. Combine young adult immaturity with a dangerous world, and parents frequently find themselves beset with worry, fear, and anxiety. Intellectually letting go is one thing; emotionally letting go is much more difficult, especially when the consequences are adult sized. This resource will offer parents true stories of other moms and dads who are facing the very same challenges. Parents will discover a biblical model of faith-inspiring exercises that enable them to not simply cope with the demands of parenting their young adult children, but also to find peace, freedom, and joy in the process. "Empty Nest, What's Next? "will offer encouragement, practical suggestions, and lots of comical asides to the always-evolving role of parenting.

Refeathering the Empty Nest

Life After the Children Leave
Author: Wendy Aronsson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442224037
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 240
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Refeathering the Empty Nest shows how to manage that period of time when children are preparing to leave the family home, either temporarily or permanently, and how to move forward in a healthy, even rewarding way. Using real stories, the author shows how this time can be difficult but also rewarding, challenging, and exciting.