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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Empty Nesters: 101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving When the Kids Leave Home Paperback – October 7, 2008
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Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
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I am one that has been through the empty nest and it is not always a very comfortable place to be. Loneliness and the constant feeling that something (or someone) is missing fills the home, but take heart, this too will pass.
Inside the pages of this delightful book we are treated to story after story of parents that have come upon that page in this lives. The stories are often laugh-out-loud funny, heart-touching, and practical. Just about every emotion is shown in the different tales that are shared. They are short stories, easy to read, and will leave you with the feeling that you are not alone. I liked the shortness of the stories because you will be able to read one or more a day and have a daily dose of encouragement.
It truly is a great help to know that others, from all walks of life, have experienced exactly what you are, and have made it through fine. You will be encouraged by these words and go away with the attitude that life goes on, and perhaps it is your time to shine once again. Well done. Highly recommended.
"Empty Nesters, 101 stories about surviving and thriving when the kids leave home"is a delightful book that discusses, as the title suggests, various stories by the different authors on facing and coping with the empty nest syndrome.
The stories are inspiring, touching, and amusing. It will help guide the parents who are going through this process to rediscover themselves, theirs needs, and each other.
The empty nest does not have to be an end of a story, but a new beginning for the parents as well as for the children, where everyone will face new challenges, achieve personal growth, and improve their personal and interpersonal lives.
Empty nest is about loss, but it is also about rebirth and about re-experiencing life and the children who left us in a different light.
Finally, the stories in this book will inspire the readers as well as educate them on managing and reclaiming their lives. It will provide them with psychological and emotional support by edifying the process of coping with separation, and by helping them realize that their current experience of loss is universal, because many others like them have already embarked on this same journey and survived it successfully.
Empty Nesters is organized into sections with titles such as "First Flights," "Under Our Wings and in Our Hearts," "Out on a Limb," and "Ruffled Feathers." The stories are each just two or three pages. Sprinkled throughout are light poems and so-true cartoons. I laughed aloud at parents staring at a phone waiting for their child to call, kids who come home on weekends with tons of laundry for Mom to wash, and a father imagining turning an empty bedroom into a pool room while his wife laments that the child has grown up.
For those parents who are anticipating their empty nest and those who are dreading it, Empty Nesters will help them realize they're not alone, that this time of life is just another inevitable stage that every parent survives. As Patricia Cena Evans wrote, "It was time for me to welcome this next season of life and move on." Yes, I thought. Me too!
And before we know it a new generation fills our home with grandchildren and the nest isn't empty anymore!
Kudos to the authors that took the time to compile this precious book.
Janet Thompson author of Praying For Your Prodigal Daughter.Praying for Your Prodigal Daughter: Hope, Help & Encouragement for Hurting Parents
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These stories helped me to realize that many others before me and many after me have and will experience the same feelings I am dealing with currently. Read morePublished 6 months ago by keasha
this made me cry.. any chicken soup book is a must read!! these books are the best books out there. please read!!Published 6 months ago by jerseyghostgrl
Wonderful book for empty-nesters or soon-to-be empty-nesters. It can be a very traumatic time of life for mom (and dad) - this helps get you through it! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Patricia Carol
I purchased this as part of my sister-in-laws Christmas gift bag... empty nesting is tough and I thought she would like some encouragement. Read morePublished 19 months ago by K Young
I could not have read this immediately after kids flew the coup, but one year out, it was perfect. There are stories from parents' and kids' perspectives. Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by debau
I would recommend this product. it was very nice and met all of my expectations. It came on time and I have no complaints!Published on September 1, 2013 by Luis
I read a lot of chicken soup books, but this was not the best chicken soup book but the condition was good.Published on March 13, 2012 by Lois Davis Sweat