With my oldest heading off to college in three months I read Marci Seither’s new book, Empty Nest: Strategies to Help Your Kids Take Flight, with great interest.
I was not disappointed!
Published by Beacon Hill Press, Empty Nest is divided into thirteen chapters and addresses the empty nest season of life when the last/only child leaves home. It is, notes Seither, “a parents’ rite of passage as they witness their children stretch their wings at the edge of the nest and finally lift off.”
Seither does an effective job of incorporating her empty nest experience alongside the stories of many other parents and siblings for the reader to get a sense of the challenges and opportunities entering the season of the empty nest will bring. She also addresses the empty nest season from not just kids going off to college but also the military and under difficult circumstances.
But this book is not just for parents who are, like me, beginning to enter the empty nest phase. I think that Seither’s book would be a wonderful book for those entering the world of teen and really high school parenting as she steps back in later chapters and provides some wonderful long term thoughts on preparing your child for the day they leave the nest. Of note is her quote of Annette Spangler who said “parents can either raise their children to be faith-based or fear-based… We have to decide if we are going to raise safe kids or strong kids.”
Helpful and hopeful, Empty Nest: Strategies to Help Your Kids Take Flight is a very helpful guide to a season of life which is the front door to a new chapter of life for parents and their kids!
I rate this book an “outstanding” read!
Note: I received a galley copy of this book via Net Galley and the publisher in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.