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It’s that time of year: advice for empty-nesters


Several of my friends are sending their children off to college this month and I know (from experience) how emotional that can be. I also know (from experience) that the anticipation of an empty nest is way worse than the actual empty nest itself.

Years ago, when my daughter, Lindsay, was moving into a dorm at Jacksonville State University, I had the summer to prepare myself, but I would become all mopey and depressed just thinking about it. I liked our life the way it was. I didn’t want it to change.