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Empty Nest ... Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College Paperback – April 1, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Simpler Life Pr; 2 edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961980621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961980627
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,996,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Angela P. Cohen on June 17, 2003
I just completed Empty Nest ... Full Heart. I found some practical advice but was bewildered by story after story from parents whose relationship with their HS senior was less than desirable. It seems a slanted perspective. After reading her advice to "Stay away from parents whose kids are perfect," it makes sense that despite her intention to inform, she only reflected upon the experiences of parents who didn't quite keep the lines of communication open and rewarding.
Raising a student who is communicative is the result of having an awareness and steadfast discipline of putting the student's needs at the same level as the parents' for the 18 years he/she lives at home. A "perfect kid" is a kid whose needs are met.
Van Steenhouse didn't think her audience wanted to read about freshmen who returned home for Thanksgiving to have rewarding dialogue with family, or who were grateful to return to the fold of nurturance. And while there may be plenty of examples of freshmen who return home for Thanksgiving feeling more unsettled than at-home, it is not a balanced account.
I invite her to open her heart to parents who have succeeded in having rewarding relationships with their HS seniors and college freshmen. Such parents should be applauded not alienated.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Wulf on September 8, 2003
I found the support I was longing for by reading Empty Nest...Full Heart. I read Andrea Van Steenhouse's book a few years ago after hearing her interviewed on public radio. Now, as my daughter completes her senior year, I am reviewing it again for support again. As a personal/professional coach, I am leading book discussions for parents who are getting ready for the transition of "sending my child to college." If's full of realism, tears, and laughter...not that different from our of journey of parenthood.
Barbara Wulf MS, CPCC
Personal/Professional Coach
Career Services
Beckon Call
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Pattin on September 22, 2007
This book is written by a psychologist and reading it will help any parent who is sending a kid off to college understand much better their, and their kid's feelings and behaviors.
This book is ideal for parents who have a high school junior or senior, as it previews what is going on with the kid as he / she makes the transition form high schooler to college student.
The book helps parents sort through their feelings, and gives support and
tips on how to deal with the transition to 'empty nest.' And, especially helpful is the section on the affects upon any kids still at home when an older sibling leaves for college. Anyone with a younger student still at home definitely will want to read this book.
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