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Chicken soup for the soul : empty nesters : 101 stories about surviving and thriving when the kids leave home
Canfield, Jack, 1944- , compiler.
Publication Information:
[Cos Cob, CT] : Chicken Soup for the Soul Pub., [2008]

Physical Description:
xiv, 331 pages ; 22 cm
A collection of 101 stories for parents about becoming an empty nester - the newfound freedom, missing the kids, living through the kids' visits home, finding new uses for old rooms. Also contains stories from kids who have flown the nest and stories from the siblings left behind.
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PN6071.P28 C485 2008 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PN6071.P28 C485 2008 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PN6071.P28 C485 2008 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This book provides support during a very emotional but exciting time for parents - sending their children off to college, new homes, or careers. It's a must-read for empty nesters or soon-to-be empty nesters grappling with their own bittersweet new freedom.

This is Chicken Soup for the Soul's first book on a very emotional but exciting time for parents - sending their children off to college or new homes and careers.

This terrific book is a must read for empty nesters or soon-to-be empty nesters. It contains 101 stories written by parents who have been there already and share their stories with new empty nesters. These heartfelt stories will inspire, support, and amuse parents grappling with their own bittersweet new freedom. The book also includes stories from the kids themselves, providing the view from the other side. Parents will nod their heads, cry a little, and laugh a lot as they recognize themselves and their almost grown-up children in these stories.

In this book, parents share stories of gazing at surprisingly clean bedrooms, starting new careers, rediscovering their spouses, and handling the continuing, and often humorous, needs of their children even while they are away at college or ensconced in their own apartments. In one amusing story, a mother writes of dropping her last child off at college and then realizing that she and her husband can do anything they want. They spend three days driving the six hours home.

The first Chicken Soup for the Soul book was published in 1993, and became a publishing industry sensation, ultimately selling eight million copies. Since then, more than 150 Chicken Soup titles have been published, selling more than 100 million copies.

Chicken Soup for the Soul has won dozens of awards over the past 15 years, and its founders, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have become celebrity motivational speakers and authors.

Author Notes

Jack Canfield earned his Bachelor's of Arts from Harvard and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts. he also has an honorary doctorate from the University of Santa Monica. Canfield has been a high school and university teacher, a workshop facilitator, a psychotherapist and a leading authority in the area of self esteem and personal development for approximately 30 years.

Canfield is the founder and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which has over 36 titles, 53 million copies in print and is translated into over 32 languages. He is the founder of Self Esteem Seminars in Santa Barbara, California, which trains entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and employees in how to accelerate achievement. Canfield is also the founder of the Foundation for Self Esteem which provides self esteem resources and training for social workers, welfare recipients and Human Resource professionals. Some of his clients include Virgin Records, Sony Pictures, Merrill Lynch, Caldwell Banker, Federal Express, Bergen Brunswig Pharmaceuticals and the American Alzheimers Association.

In 1987, Canfield was appointed by the California Legislature to the California Task Force to Promote Self Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. He is the co-founder of the National Association for Self Esteem, and a member of the association for Holistic Education, as well as the National Association for for Self Esteem, where he was also a past member of the Board of Trustees and the recipient of the 1993 National Leadership Award. He is also a member of the National Staff Development Council and the National Speakers Association. In 1989, Canfield was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, an honor that is held by less than 5% of NSA's membership. In 1997, he was nominated by three of NSA's past presidents for the coveted CPAE designation.

Canfield has appeared on such television shows as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Eye to Eye, the NBC Nightly News and the BBC.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Susan M. CameronMarian GormleyRuth DouilletteGail GoellerRuth DouilletteNorman L. Rehme and Carol McAdoo RehmeDonna LowichCheryl PiersonJean DavidsonVie Stallings HerlockerMiriam HillCarol McAdoo RehmeDerek MaulLeslie Yeaton KoepkeJeannie LancasterRobin CrainKaren R. KilbyKeith Kilby and Karen R. KilbyJean PadgettAlice M. McGheeNancy Burnett and Carolyn MillerSebastian MoragaKaren HeywoodBeverly GinsbergNancy Ann ErskineLisa CoalwellPamela GoldsteinJean BobbCarol PanerioMarjorie WoodallRuth MaganPatricia Cena EvansSally FriedmanTiffany O'NeillKathleen McNamaraDrema DrudgePamela GoldsteinKaren KosmanBonnie Compton HansonKathryn A. BegnaudCarol MellAmy NewmarkBeatrice E. BrownSusan StewartMary E. LauferC. Hope ClarkBJ JensenBeverly Bush SmithStephen RogersGary LautensLana Robertson HayesDonna SavageMichele Ivy DavisConnie Sturm CameronChris RansickNancy GeigerKaren LandrumPatrica Cena EvansSarah StringfieldCheryl PiersonEmily E. WeaverKimberly PorrazzoCarol GrundKerry KrychoCaitlin BaileyRobert DepewCaroleah JohnsonAlice CollinsMary K. McClanahanLinda LearyKaren R. Gray-KeelerLinda BisphamDonna Milligan MeadowsJoyce StarkPamela BlaineMarilyn RossTerri E. TiffanyRhonda Lane PhillipsJackie M. CornwellGeorgia A. HubleySally Kelly-EngemanBill ZarchyKathe CampbellChantal MeijerStephanie Welcher ThompsonCarla RiehlMiriam HillAl SerradellNancy M. PetersonTerri E. TiffanyPeggy VommaroDorothy FirmanAl SerradellChristine KettlePatrick MendozaSally FriedmanTed ThompsonBeverly F. WalkerChelsea Lyons Pyle and Kassie N. LyonsSheri L. TorelliWanda Lynne Quist
Dedicationp. v
Forewordp. xiii
1 First Flights
1 Trading Spacesp. 1
2 Forty Weeksp. 5
3 Baby Stepsp. 7
4 Giving Birthp. 9
5 At the Close of the Dayp. 11
6 A Close-Up Shotp. 13
7 Condo-lencesp. 16
8 My Nice Surprisep. 18
9 Send Cookiesp. 21
10 Gone Packingp. 24
11 Give Me a Signp. 25
12 A Matter of Timep. 27
13 And Suddenly He Was Gonep. 30
2 Under Our Wings and In Our Hearts
14 A Time to Keepp. 37
15 Friends and Feathersp. 40
16 Read and Rightp. 42
17 The Christmas Rosep. 44
18 Coming Homep. 46
19 Adam's Placep. 48
20 Fallen Nestsp. 51
21 A Different Visionp. 53
22 Left Behindp. 56
23 Let It Snow!p. 58
24 Linked Togetherp. 60
25 The Truth of Consequencesp. 62
26 It's in the Mailp. 65
3 Out on a Limb
27 Heavens to Betsey!p. 71
28 Wheel of Choicesp. 74
29 Curtains for Maryp. 77
30 Holding Down the Fortp. 80
31 Teen Anglesp. 82
32 The Last Loadp. 86
33 Aligned in Timep. 89
34 A Second Chancep. 92
35 A New Routep. 95
36 Birthday Bluesp. 97
37 The Apple of My Eyep. 100
38 Bring Her Homep. 103
4 Ruffled Feathers
39 Ode to the (Almost) Empty Nestp. 111
40 Remember Me?p. 112
41 Help! The Mothers Are Comingp. 114
42 The Last Summerp. 117
43 The Whiz Kidp. 120
44 They Come Home Againp. 123
45 Tracking Timep. 126
46 Ka-ding! Ka-ding!p. 130
47 For Better or For Worstp. 134
48 They're Coming B-a-a-a-ckp. 138
49 You Can't Go Home Againp. 141
50 Say "Cheese"p. 143
51 College Dazep. 145
52 Sea Scapep. 147
5 Wings and Wisdom
53 Taking Flightp. 153
54 My Mother's Daughterp. 156
55 An October Gardenp. 159
56 The Stress of a Messp. 162
57 Dance, Daughter, Dancep. 164
58 Five O'Clock Shadowp. 166
59 Nest-less and Restlessp. 169
60 Seventeenp. 171
61 Night Callsp. 174
62 Connectionsp. 178
63 Pedal Powerp. 180
64 Surprise Guestp. 183
65 Swings and Thingsp. 185
6 Left Behind
66 Empty? Says Who?p. 191
67 Hats Off!p. 194
68 Cheers!p. 197
69 The Treasure Chestp. 200
70 Discarded Memoriesp. 203
71 Under Constructionp. 205
72 Treasurep. 208
73 Over Stuff-edp. 209
74 Table Talkp. 211
75 Sold!p. 214
76 Catch and Releasep. 216
77 Two's Company, Three's a Familyp. 219
78 Heart Stringsp. 222
7 Branching Out
79 Silencep. 227
80 Learning to Flyp. 231
81 A Different Drummerp. 235
82 Paris When It Sizzlesp. 238
83 A Slice of Paradisep. 241
84 Oh What A Tripp. 245
85 On Edgep. 247
86 Headed to Hollywoodp. 250
87 Taking Notep. 254
88 The Exodusp. 257
89 Stepping Outp. 259
90 All Is Calmp. 262
8 Home Sweet Nest
91 Hoopsp. 267
92 The Big Picturep. 268
93 Moving Onp. 270
94 Home Improvementsp. 273
95 Where's the Beef?p. 275
96 Rewinding the Clockp. 278
97 Street Wisep. 282
98 Weekend Washerwomanp. 285
99 The Lyons' Talep. 286
100 Giggles in the Darkp. 289
101 The Heart of the Matterp. 291
Meet Our Contributors!p. 297
Who Is Jack Canfield?p. 317
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?p. 319
Who Is Carol McAdoo Rehme?p. 321
Who Is Patricia Cena Evans?p. 323
Acknowledgmentsp. 329
More Chicken Soupp. 334