Grief, pride, regret – one feels all those things setting off into the uncharted territory of a new, child-free life. But until recently, much of the advice in books and on websites came from the States. Now the UK is catching up…
Emptynesting is an upbeat site with a welcome, glass-half-full take on the child-free years. It offers a pretty thorough round-up of the various concerns of this stage of life: going back to work, travel, beauty etc. There’s a forum, too, a Twitter feed and a monthly blog. The latest asks if empty nesters are drinking too much (which might explain the fullness of that glass…)
The Grown & Flown blog was launched earlier this year by two New Yorkers, former Wall Street trader and bestselling author Lisa Endlich and her friend Mary Dell Harrington. Does exactly what it says on the tin: “explores life after our children have left home. A mixture of humour, reflection and contemplation.” Also features the kids’ point of view. The tone doesn’t grate in the way that some of the stuff about the empty nest coming from the US does.
Plenty of general relationship sites give sound advice to empty nesters. But, unusually, Relate for Parents & Families also deals with parenting issues concerning adult children. If you’ve got specific problems, you can also chat online to a trained Relate consultant.
Finally, The Kids Grow Up. If you didn’t catch Doug Block’s intensely personal documentary about his daughter Lucy’s departure, here’s a taste. It’s thought-provoking and at times cringe-making. Maybe just like your kids. (Sob.)