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133 Ways to Avoid Going Cuckoo When the Kids Fly the Nest: A Parent's Guide for Surviving Empty Nest Syndrome Paperback – July 17, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (July 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609807005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609807002
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Perfect Graduation Gift-for Parents!

What's a parent to do when the kids leave home? Mixing humor with practical advice, Lauren Schaffer and Sandy Fleischl Wasserman's 133 Ways to Avoid Going Cuckoo When the Kids Fly the Nest is a good friend to laugh with, a shoulder to cry on, and a manual of sound advice to help those in need keep their sense of humor while riding the emotional roller coaster of Empty Nest Syndrome. Their essential, indispensable tips and strategies encompass everything from the painful first days to return visits to expressing your new empty-nester self, including:

* Why you shouldn't immediately convert your kid's room into a
studio, bordello, or workshop
* The right movies for a good laugh or cry
* How to keep the lines of communication open (use good old-
fashioned guilt to keep the phone calls coming)
* How to stuff a wild care package
* Return visit diplomacy (do not take personally her overwhelming desire to reconnect with friends instead of cozying up to you for a long pajama-clad chat)
* How to fight maudlin memories (go to Toys "R" Us between Thanksgiving and Christmas and eavesdrop on some tantrums)

About the Author

Lauren Schaffer is a high-school French teacher and a nationally known teacher-trainer who loves to travel, garden, and dabble in graphology. Sandy Fleischl Wasserman is a speech-language pathologist, mountain biker, skier, and fledgling mandolinist. Between them, three children have flown the nest and one's departure is imminent. They are nested in a small mountain town in southern Oregon with their husbands and assorted animals.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By annie on August 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
My one and only daughter flew the nest this last year. I kind of knew I had spent the year in a funk, but didn't really see a way to chuckle my way out of it until I read this book. With brilliant and humorous observations, the authors have touched a nerve. What great suggestions they offered for getting rid of the "my baby is gone" blues! This book makes you feel like you are part of a bigger family that understands your happy/sad feelings about your child's independence. Read it! Buy a copy for your dear friends. Eat and enjoy some chocolate!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a must to have around as you cope with the departure of a young loved one. The advice exudes affection for those who are off to meet their fates and yet provides practical advice about how to enjoy the new freedom the absence of daily parenting gives to a baby boomer's life. Total "joie de vivre" is in order for the parent who is brave enough to seize the day.
I love the "Nun Study" (page 36), which correlates nicely with item #46. These wise and whimsical authors have found the key to achieving a balance between nostalgia for the joys and foibles of parenting (especially parenting the adolescent) while appreciating a separate "life of one's own." As a parent in Stage 2 of ENS, I confess that I did indeed fall into many of the landmines described in items #1-8. I can report, however, I did survive and that year 2 will be infinitely saner because of the advice provided by this book.
Rush out and buy multiple copies as holiday gifts for friends who will be coping for the first time with the return of college students or "The Nest is Full Again--Sort Of". They will appreciate the humor and grace of the chapter devoted to that situation and who knows, you may even be led to start a support group (Item # 15).
Enjoy, and remember, in the words of these clever authors:"...hindsight assures us that this, too, shall pass."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 2001
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An indispensable survival guide for every parent. The authors' mixture of practical wisdom and side-splitting humor makes it read like fireside advice from a wise Aunt. Do a favor for all the parents you know (and their kids) by making sure they have this book on their bedside table.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pelianne on July 27, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was recently given this wonderful little book by a friend because she knew I was suffering over the fact that my children were now all living on their own. What a treat! This book is well written, informative, clever, and utterly entertaining. I laughed myself silly and no longer felt alone in my 'empty nest.' I am going to purchase it for everyone I know who has kids who have left home or are soon going to be. It's a special little gem. Thanks to the authors for such a bit of heaven.
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