Successfully Preparing for the Empty Nest Years

In a recent radio broadcast with Focus on the Family, author Marci Seither offers soon-to-be empty nest parents practical advice for helping their children transition into adulthood while preparing for their own transition to life without kids at home.

In the program, Seither also encourages parents of young children to take advantage of the eighteen years that they are given to mold and shape their children. “Know early on that you are a steward of your child for only a short time,” Seither told listeners as she described her personal experience in learning the difference between being an owner and a steward of her own children. Seither also addresses the reality that children leaving the home can be a time of grieving for an engaged parent.