Parenting Practicals

Preparing the Empty Nest

Whether the thought of the empty nest on YOUR horizon brings dread or delight, anticipation can shape the reality ahead. On the positive, your home stays cleaner longer. It seems more spacious. You have more time for YOU. You have more time for your spouse. On the other hand, all those positives come at the price of one big reality: your role as a parent and as a spouse is changing. How you adapt to the change is key to whether Emptynestland is your happy place, or not. It takes lots of prayer and lots of conversation with that spouse to navigate it with grace. So talk, no one overhears!

My own dread of the empty nest began at the birth of our first child. The nurse put our baby girl in my arms and I looked up at my husband in tears, declaring, “She’s going to leave us and…

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About the Author

Beth Davis

Beth has ministered to teens and those who love them for many years. After earning both her BS and MS degrees from Indiana University, she worked as a high school English teacher and later as the first youth minister in her home parish, St. Mary in Hudson, Ohio. There, she helped launch Life Teen, now in its 23rd year at St. Mary. Eventually, she traveled all over the country training youth ministers in the Life Teen model for youth ministry and still serves on their national Board of Directors. She is currently the Director of Campus Ministry at Notre Dame – Cathedral Latin School in Chardon, Ohio. She and her husband Deacon Kent have four grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and, as of April, one grandchild.