Tips for Adjusting to an Empty Nest

It’s a time for you to get out of your comfort zone

Dallas mom Melissa T. Shultz treasured the years she spent at home raising her sons, Alex and Nick. But after her youngest, now 21, left for college, her house suddenly seemed like “a theater gone dark.”

Wanting to share her struggles with finding a new identity, the 56-year-old literary agent and journalist started blogging and expanded her writing into a book, From Mom to Me Again: How I Survived the First Empty-Nest Year and Reinvented the Rest of My Life. We chatted with Shultz about parents reinventing themselves and preparing for an empty nest.

Q: Three million moms each year face what you call this “wonderful and horrible time.” Why such extremes? 

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