Things They Never Tell You About Empty Nest Syndrome. Shelley Emling’s personal account of her first-born’s departure for college and how it affected her. Her Big Four are 1) How confusing the shifting of roles can be; 2) How hard the absence of one child is on the siblings; 3) How important time with your family unit really is—especially during your child’s last year of high school; and 4) How you’re not going to be the parent you think.
Empty Nest Syndrome. A surprisingly informative piece from Wikipedia that describes symptoms and effects, coping, recent trends, and depiction of the empty nest syndrome in popular culture. It cites articles and books that should prove useful to parents as they go through the process of detaching. One of the references cited, for example, is “Empty Nest Syndrome: Tips for Coping” from the Mayo Clinic.
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