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 is the author of twenty books including Navigating the Friendship Maze; There’s a Reason They Call It Grandparenting; Preparing, Adjusting, and Loving the Empty Nest; Caring for Our Aging Parents: Lessons in Love, Loss, and Letting Go; and Empty Nest, What’s Next? Parenting Adult Children without Losing Your Mind. She has published over 1,000 articles and has been featured on radio shows across the country speaking on parenting and women’s health issues.