Thoughts and Feelings About Empty Nest

with Barbara Rainey, Susan Yates | May 16, 2011

You’ve longed for the day when the house would be peaceful again and the kids would finally be grown and on their own. But now that it’s here, all you can do is mourn your loss. Today on the broadcast, authors Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates remember the day when their youngest chicks flew the family coop and suddenly propelled them into the new stage of life called the empty nest.

You’ve longed for the day when the house would be peaceful again and the kids would finally be grown and on their own. But now that it’s here, all you can do is mourn your loss. Today on the broadcast, authors Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates remember the day when their youngest chicks flew the family coop and suddenly propelled them into the new stage of life called the empty nest.

Thoughts and Feelings About Empty Nest

With Barbara Rainey, Susan Yates
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May 16, 2011
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Bob:  And those who are thinking, "Well, that season is still pretty far off for me," - I remember hearing somebody talk about their empty nest experience even before we'd had all of our kids, and I just remember being struck by the fact that this happens for everybody – you can wait to think about it, you can wait to imagine it, but it's coming for everybody whose got kids, and it’s better to start thinking about it and preparing for it on the front end than just wait until they're juniors in high school, and saying, "Oh, it's here."

Let me encourage our listeners:  go to our website FamilyLifeToday.com, order a copy of Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest.  Again, you’ll find it online at FamilyLifeToday.com or you can order a copy by calling 1-800-FLTODAY; 1-800-358-6329.  That’s 1-800-F as in family, L as in life, and then the word TODAY. 

Again the title of the book is Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest.  If you’re calling, just ask about the Empty Nest book and we’ll be happy to get a copy of it out to you. 

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I want to encourage you to be back with us tomorrow when we’re going to talk more about the sense of loss that women feel when they enter into the empty nest season of life.  Our guests again tomorrow are Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates.  We hope you can be back with us again as well. 

I want to thank our engineer today, Keith Lynch, and our entire broadcast production team.  On behalf of our host, Dennis Rainey, I'm Bob Lepine.  We'll see you back tomorrow for another edition of FamilyLife Today.

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