Empty Nest: Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind

by Michele Howe

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Retail: $14.95
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 137
Pub Date: September 2015
ISBN: 9781619706668
ISBN-13: 9781619706668
Item Number: 706668
Categories: Christian Living; Religion and Culture

Product Description

The purpose of Empty Nest, What’s Next? is to help parents adjust to their changing roles as parents of adult children. Unlike the first eighteen years of parenting, moms and dads now take on more of an advisory role and step out of the daily hands-on instructional role. In theory, this stepping to the sidelines parenting style should lead to a simpler, less stressful life for the parents. However, real-life parenting young adults is often much more challenging than all the earlier years put together. Combine young adult immaturity with a dangerous world, and parents frequently find themselves beset with worry, fear, and anxiety. Intellectually letting go is one thing; emotionally letting go is much more difficult, especially when the consequences are adult sized.

This resource will offer parents true stories of other moms and dads who are facing the very same challenges. Parents will discover a biblical model of faith-inspiring exercises that enable them to not simply cope with the demands of parenting their young adult children, but also to find peace, freedom, and joy in the process. Empty Nest, What’s Next? will offer encouragement, practical suggestions, and lots of comical asides to the always-evolving role of parenting.

Back Cover Copy:
You did it! You made it through their terrible twos and awkward high school years. Now they’re grown and out of the house, but you don’t stop being a parent once they’re gone. Instead of dealing with toddler temper tantrums, you’re dealing with their emotional ups and downs as they figure out college, marriage, children of their own, or new jobs.

Michele Howe’s book is the perfect companion for parents of adult children. Inside you’ll find practical tips and spiritual wisdom to help you navigate this important role. With this book you’ll learn to:
-Reassess your identity now that you’re not a full-time parent. Who does God want you to be?
-Let go and let God. Is he enough?
-Find new goals and interests apart from your children. What’s God’s plan for you now?
-Invest more time in your spouse and learn about each other again, outside of parenting.
-Support your children. How do you counsel adult kids?
-And much more . . .


“This isn’t just a book; it’s a spiritual devotional designed to shape your heart, turn you back toward God and help you grow through a sometimes painful but also liberating season of life—the years of the empty nest. Though there is much wise and practical advice, in the end Michele offers hope and turns us back to dependence upon God. I was challenged, encouraged, and renewed to make these empty-nest years ones filled with joy instead of worry; hope instead of despair; and new promise instead of old regret.”
Gary Thomas
Author of Sacred Marriage and A Lifelong Love

“I guarantee: If you are a parent, you will need this book at some point in your life. Empty nesting is a difficult time of life and Michele Howe’s words are the bandage you will need to help heal, whether you require a companion during a good cry or a wise counselor to point the way ahead. I wish I’d had Michele’s book when I was limping through the empty-nest stage.”
Jeannie St. John Taylor
Author, Illustrator, Radio host

Author Bio

Michele Howe’s most recent books include Caring for Our Aging Parents: Lessons in Love, Loss, and Letting Go (2016), Empty Nest, What’s Next? Parenting Adult Children without Losing Your Mind (2015), Burdens Do a Body Good (2010), Still Going It Alone (2008), and Going It Alone (1999). She has also authored Pilgrim Prayers for Single Mothers (Pilgrim Press) and a third book of helps for single mothers titled, Successful Single Moms (Pilgrim Press.) In addition to these resources for single mothers, Michele wrote four separate titles combining real life stories with inspirational prayer retreats. These titles published by (Jossey-Bass) include: Prayers for Homeschooling Moms, Prayers to Nourish a Woman''s Heart, Prayers of Comfort and Strength and Prayers for New and Expecting Moms.

Michele is also a reviewer for Publishers Weekly, FaithfulReader.com, Aspiring Retail, Foreword Magazine, TeenReads.com, KidsRead.com, among many others national and international publications. She has published over 1000 reviews/articles and has been featured on numerous radio shows across the country speaking on topics such as parenting and a diverse range of women''s health issues. Her work has been published in MORE, FIRST for Women, Good Housekeeping, Christianity Today, Discipleship Journal, Midwest Living, Parentlife, Fullfill, Christian Single, Single Parent Family, Focus on the Family, and Connections. She also does copywriting and manuscript reviewing for several publishing houses including New Growth Press.

In addition to her article and books writing, Michele writes a weekly women''s lifestyle and single parenting column at www.bizymoms.com. Read Michele''s column at: http://www.bizymoms.com/experts/michele-howe/index.html. In line with her passion for working with single parents, Michele''s resources offer encouragement to women of all ages by challenging them to exercise their combination of strengths, skills, and life wisdom in pursuit of a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Recognizing that life is often difficult, women can learn how to recognize (and find solace in) significant life-markers and by so doing, acquire the strength to embrace their daily challenges.