11 Things Empty Nesters Want Younger Parents to Know

1999_pool_kristie_matt_erika_raftWe’re not empty nesters yet. There’s one in junior high, and a boomeranger in grad school still living with us. Yet, this article strikes a chord in any parents who is out of the “having little kids” phase.

If I had read this list 10 or 15 years ago, I wonder if it would have motivated me to listen to my kids more in the back seat instead of being irritated that my own thoughts were being interrupted. Would I have done more vacations or getaway days at the beach? And writing down their memories of the past year every year? Uhm, probably not, though it is a nice idea.

Inherent in this article is our regrets as parents of older children. There’s things we all missed and all of us have things we wish we could do over.

In a nutshell, I guess the takeaway is along the lines of the ancient but relevant wisdom Ecclesiastes. Enjoy all the good things of raising your children because it is from God for your enjoyment. Their little chatter sessions are better than Jimmy Fallon skits on YouTube. My worries over what others thought of me or whether or not my energy would run out before noon just stole time from my enjoyment God placed before me.


Read 11 Things Empty Nesters Want Parents of Little Kids to Know by Shelley Emling


But this I call to mind, 
and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;

the are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

-Lamentations 3:21-23

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