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We All Have Flaws

It is 2007. Do you dash, stroll, or crawl with changes you want to reach for this year? Some of your kids have gone back to school or home. Some have gotten on your nerves because they are still at home and doing it “their way.” Other parents are savoring the best- friend- feeling until […]

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Anticipating The Holidays

May the holidays first bring comfort, connection, and kindness to you and then extend towards others. What helps me is: Doing what I love to do Pacing my energy so I am not depleted Lowering my expectations in order to be present in the moment. In my November article on this web, I talked about […]

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Empty Nest Support – November 2006 Newsletter

The kids are coming home to fill the empty nest for Thanksgiving. Here is a reality check to make the weekend fun and connected: They aren\’t who they were when they left. They have gotten more autonomous. They want time with their friends. They don\’t want to plan far ahead. They haven\’t slept much. They […]

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l i f e i n t r a n s i t i o n . . . w h a t \’ s n e x t ?

A GATHERING FOREMPTY NEST WOMEN All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another. – Gail Sheehy, PASSAGES (1979) About Natalie Caine Natalie Caine M.A. is the founder of Empty Nest Support […]

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20 Tips for Parents Dreading the Empty Nest

The road you have traveled for eighteen years as parents is turning a corner, headed for a bridge. What is the truth about what is on the other side of the bridge? What changes do you have to address in order to stay healthily connected in your new role and your adult child\’s role with […]

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What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

I am an empty nester who loves being a mom. I don\’t love my career anymore, and now I have to figure out “What do I want to be when I grow up? Coping with the quiet house and no fussing over meals, and no more soccer games is a big hole for me. That […]

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Tools For Reinvention

When one\’s life is in transition, questions arise about wanting a gigantic change, an alteration or a variation of what is already there. Below are some questions to consider.• What are the “normal” thoughts and feelings during this cycle? How long does the “grieving” last? • Whether you are a parent who chose a career […]

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Core Values

How do you feel about these values and how does your partner. How can you help each other? Learning something new Staying in touch with your health challenges and successes Financial security, savings and retirement Family needs and time together Having your home the way you like it as far as decorating inside and outside […]

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