How to Survive and Thrive in an Empty Nest: Reclaiming Your Life When Your Children Have Grown
Parents whose children are leaving home face many conflicting emotions, ranging from grief and loss to relief and even exhilaration. A time of new beginnings, time to enlarge old relationships, expand personal vistas and set new directions for life. This guide offers a step-by-step approach to help readers turn thei6r empty nest into growth and positive change.
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Preparing for the Changes
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