Empty Nest Syndrom

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Registered: 01-10-2011
Empty Nest Syndrom
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Mon, 01-17-2011 - 1:07pm
My mom has a friend currently going through Empty Nest syndrome and asked me to do some research for her. One nifty article I found was over on MyTurn called "Empty Nest Syndrome: A New Beginning." It did a great job covering the challenges, explaining the symptoms, breaking down stereotypes, and offering some tips. Have any of you had to deal with Empty Nest Syndrome? How did you handle it?
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 7:32pm

I've been an Empty Nester for several years but I don't recall having problems with it when it was new. It probably helped that it was somewhat gradual in that my ds went away to college so he wasn't completely gone for several years; and I had a younger kid still at home who was very rebellious etc so when she decided to leave at 18 it was actually a relief. Both were back home at different times but by then dh and I had decided that we didn't want to put up with "bad roommates" so they weren't here for very long. I guess I learned about "letting go" early on, and dh and I enjoy being together and having the house to ourselves so I really enjoy my empty nest.