- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Simpler Life Press; 2 edition (April 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0961980621
- ISBN-13: 978-0961980627
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,684,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Empty Nest ... Full Heart: The Journey from Home to College Paperback – April 1, 2002
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Barbara Wulf MS, CPCC
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.
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.