Writin' on Empty: Parents Reveal the Upside, Downside, and Everything In Between When Children Leave the Nest 

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An indispensable and heartfelt collection of essays written by parents about the universal experience of children leaving home. A must-read for parents on the brink of this life transition.

 

From the Introduction:


For eighteen years or so, ever since your baby's first cry, you are tuned in to her every move and mood: each tear, each skinned knee…right up to the first time behind the wheel, the first slammed door and the first date. Then, one day, the kids leave: some for college, some to don a uniform and join the service, some to follow a dream, and some to find space to grow. And now you are standing in the doorway of a vacant bedroom, feeling the silence and emptiness as it echoes through your home. You should be able to sleep easy, not waiting for that car to pull up, or that door to slam again. But maybe you can't. Maybe you discover that missing your child has turned into an ache that can't be touched. Or, perhaps your child has made a successful transition and you are already leafing through design books or travel brochures and planning the rest of your life. Maybe it was easier than you thought it was going to be. I handled that pretty well, you think...and then you get a phone call that begins with a catch in the throat: "Mommy..."

 


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About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Awards
'WRITIN' ON EMPTY' WINS ABOUT.COM 2012 READERS' CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS OF COLLEGE KIDS

NEW YORK, March 30, 2012 - About.com today announced that Joan Cehn, Risa Nye and Julie Renalds' s book "Writin' On Empty" has been selected as the About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Survival Guide for Parents of College Kids. Now in its fifth year, the About.com Readers' Choice Awards honor the best products, features and services across more than a dozen categories, ranging from technology to hobbies to parenting and more, as selected by its readers.

"This year's Readers' Choice Awards program had a record number of nominations submitted across dozens of categories and featured hundreds of finalists," said Margot Weiss, managing editor, About.com. "We are thankful to all our readers for their participation and congratulate the authors and editors of 'Writin' on Empty'  on their success."

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