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Empty Nest – Letting Our Kids Go

Shawn Michaels, Townsquare Media


Empty nest syndrome is a feeling of grief and loneliness parents or guardians may feel when their children leave home for the first time, such as to live on their own or to attend a college or university. It is not a clinical condition.




“Empty Nest” a term referring to a home which has lost it’s children … a Family where the Kids are spreading their wings and heading out into the world. It’s a good thing, but I must admit a little hard at first.

This Spring has been an interesting one for us at home. First my Daughter boarded an airplane without us and flew off to a vacation without us ! It was her “Senior Trip” She’s still “Small Pea”  to my Wife and I and the idea of her thousands of miles away, alone, OK well she’s home now so I’m little better. This was the first time she was completely on her own… from the airport to Disney ….. glad to report she made out great and Congrats to the Pinelands Regional Class of 14′ …. Go Cats!

Now flashing foward …. Our Son Zach is flying out today ( Without Us ) to Los Angeles to pursue a music interest that he and a friend have. Attending a “Music Festival”  performing, networking, and meeting others of the same interest …. maybe meeting a record executive and starting Dad’s “Retirement Fund”  LOL LOL

Once again though I have that “Empty Nest” feeling … with Him gone and me having no “parental” control …. However I am so proud of our Kids for having the desire to get out and see the world. I’m sure there are many Parents feeling the same way as our generation begins to see our Kids step outside the Home. As Parents I think we have to support our Kids dreams and support their efforts some that succeed and some that fail.

I think I’ve vented enough for now about my Son leaving home for a little while, but I’ll be writing again in a few weeks as our youngest Graduates High School ! OK I need to sit down ….. #emptynest

Are You In The Same Boat ? or should I say “Nest” ?


You see much more of your children after they leave home ~ Lucille Ball

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