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My best friend Megan and I, who have five young adult children between us, reflect on our transition to an empty nest together this fall. We share the story of our unique lifelong friendship, and our shared experience entering motherhood, midlife, and now empty nesting together. We recount some of our favourite parts of living without kids again and some of the unforeseen challenges (or are they perks?) like chocolate-covered peanuts for lunch and key lime pie for dinner, playlist control (Piano Chill, anyone?), finding a “new normal” with your partner, and the lack of any requirement to follow a routine.
We discuss the toughest parts of not having your children close by and share what we did to find our own sense of purpose before our nests emptied and how that has helped to make this a surprisingly joyful time of life. We explore the idea of anticipatory grief and provide some very helpful insight into how to prepare yourself for this next chapter of parenthood.
If you’ve got children (or nieces, nephews or step-kids, or godchildren), don’t skip this one – the emotions involved in this natural transition period in midlife are universal.
Please feel free to share this episode with any moms (or dads!) you know who are in the thick of this or anticipating the transition, this is a fun and positive conversation!
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