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My husband James and I dropped our oldest child off at college a few weeks ago. Launching adults is hard (it’s necessary, good, the right thing to do, exciting…but hard). Author of Empty Nest, Marci Seither, is here to help us prepare for the next stage of parenting, wherever you are on the parenting journey. Marci has lots of experience as a mother of six! On today’s podcast you’ll learn:

3:50 How do you prepare to enter a new season with your kids? 

6:10 The gap between our six kids – one in drivers training and one in potty training at the same time 

7:30 Tight ring years – what does this mean? 

12:00 Arlene sending off her oldest to college 

13:10 How can we help prepare siblings for when their brother or sister leaves home? 

17:45 What if you’re worried that your child isn’t ready to launch? What if you’re almost relieved that he or she is leaving because they cause stress in the home?  

20:25 How did you cope with kids leaving home…stress knitting! It’s okay to grieve…

23:00 Finding a rhythm of rest – a quieting that you can create space for something new 

26:45 “I feel like the best years of my life are over….” – how do you reinvent yourself after the empty nest? 

30:45 How to parent your college child – what’s too much? What’s too little? 

32:20 How to keep your marriage interesting 

Marci Seither is the author of Empty Nest and a beautiful new devotional, Lakeside Retreat.  She has been featured on Focus on the Family, Guideposts magazine, and in hundreds of articles. Find out more on Marci’s website.  

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