Kids don’t stay young forever. But what is it really like when they leave home?
When grown-up children move abroad, it can be tough for those left behind, as Lisa explains...
How Michele turned empty nest syndrome into a reason to celebrate… with bunting and all.
On a day to day basis, I am one of life’s planners. If you want to make a social arrangement with me then don’t suggest this week or even next, the earliest gap in my diary is three weeks hence. This is not because I am enormously popular and on an endless whirl of fun […]
Taking on a ready-made family - the inside story.
A short story about the loneliness of motherhood by Jo Cocco.
In less than three weeks our daughter and only child will be home for the summer having completed her first year of university. To say we are counting the minutes until she’s back would not be an exaggeration – it has been a tough year of transition both for her and us. Empty nest syndrome […]
'Professional Aunt, No Kids'. I love my nieces, Just don't call me auntie.
Family doesn’t just mean blood relatives, but the people who make our lives complete by being there...
A mother’s perspective on her daughter leaving home to go to university and the importance of letting go. During the summer two years ago my daughter was about to turn 18 and find out her A-level results along with her destiny for the following few years. She’d worked so hard and had consistently ‘done the […]
A daughter’s perspective on leaving home to go to university… As I recall, going to university wasn’t so much ‘flying the nest’ as it was falling, flapping and whacking into great big branches. If I was going to be torn away from my comfy home, my contented, quiet life in suburban London, reliable friends and […]
It can be tough on parents when their children leave home, so it is important to make the most it while they are still around I can hear my youngest daughter calling me to come and play dollies with her, but I’m really pushed for time as I am taking the unusual opportunity of actually […]