“Remember when you initially learned you were pregnant with your firstborn (or possibly your only child)? Even then your life began to change. Before your child made his or her debut into the world, your life already began to be altered—maybe even radically altered. . . . For the next eighteen years, at minimum, a good chunk of your life was centered around your child. . . . For those eighteen or more years, you devoted a lot of your life—not just your time but your energies, your concerns, your thoughts, and your activities—to that child or those children. . . . And now they’re gone, or close to moving out, and your life has a big void in it, a hole that you’re not sure how to fill.”
In her book Facing Down Empty Nest Syndrome, Cynthia MacGregor helps all parents begin to cope with their children moving out and on with their lives. She gives practical advice on what to do before, during, and after children leave the home. She gives tips on how to stay connected without being overbearing as well as what to do with all of the extra time without kids at home.