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Monday, June 02, 2008

How to beat early empty nest syndrome? (Parenting – Q and A)

Today as my baby girl was carried to the bed by my wife she said “I can’t believe that she is going to go off to school”. I asked her what she meant and she said “I still feel she is so small and I can carry her”. I really didn’t know what to make of it nor to say but I knew what she was going through.

Thursday my baby girl will start her formal schooling for the first time. Everyone is excited but I can hear some unspoken nervousness in mom about leaving her baby to school. Mom and the baby have a schedule at home after the older leaves to school that they enjoy following it and it is about to be thrown in disarray. I think my wife is more concerned than I am.

I am familiar with the empty nest syndrome but I am wondering if my wife is going through an early empty nest syndrome? Is this common? How do families cope with it? Are there any strategies to beat this?

Feel free to leave your comments as anonymous if you don’t want to be identified.

Ruby

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Iam a mother of two and know what it feels like when your world centered around your kids needs change.
Some methods i adopted as my first daughter left for school-and i needed to reframe my time-
1)pursue your long pending hobbies-
for me it was to read my favourite books and take notes

2)more time to surf for new recipes and try them-especially of interest to my kids

3)more time to be alone with the Lord and for intercession-this was one thing i longed for-as it was during my fresh college days -days of first love with the Lord.
Hope this helps u.

-SA

Ruby said...

Thank you.

Ruby