1.START A DIALOGUE 
Share your desire to try some new and different things together.  Be clear, before sharing, as to why this is important to you and for your relationship.  It can be uncomfortable or downright scary to share what you feel, however, if you keep this quote in mind, it can help you through.

” When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”

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What Are Your Expectations?

Parents everywhere are getting ready for their college kids to come home for Thanksgiving.  For many this is their first time home since they were dropped off in August, which means moms and dads are excited.  However, I feel compelled to help you prepare for the possibility that your sons and daughters may only be home long enough for a quick hug, laundry drop off and quick meal.  Why? Because it’s the first time they’ll be able to reconnect with their high school friends,

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The third of the three R’s on your way to thriving through Empty Nest.

The first “R” I shared was to Re-Imagine. The process of asking yourself some key core questions that would set you on the path of reimagining what could be. Reimagining is all about the dreaming. Dreaming of all the things you can be, do and have.

The second “R” was Re-Defining.  Giving some thought to what is truly important to you.  

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The second of the three R’s on your way to thriving through Empty Nest!

The first “R” I shared was to Re-Imagine. The process of asking yourself some key core questions that would set you on the path of reimagining what could be. Reimagining is all about the dreaming. Dreaming of all the things you can be, do and have.

Once you start reimagining and dreaming again, it’s time to start Re-Defining.

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TO REIMAGINE

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, ReImagine means to imagine again or anew; especially: to form a new conception of: Re-Create

Isn’t this what we tend to do every year as one ends and a new one begins.  The end of the year brings with it reflection.   Reflection of what was and what could be. I want to help you see what can be! I want to help you dare to dream again.

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It’s all about managing expectations, yours and theirs.

 

 

Calling all Moms!  Click here and join our Moms Who Dare Facebook Community and join in the conversation. We are a community of Moms with kids in high school and beyond sharing information and supporting each other.

Declare to the world that you are a Mom Who Dares.  A mom who dares to do something new for herself.

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Are You a Mom Who Dares?

This is the question I’ve found myself asking for the past month.  It was bothering me because I thought I was certain and clear on exactly who a Mom Who Dares was and what its was she dared to do – DREAM AND DARE!

Although I still believe she’s someone who dares to dream again, there was an uncertainty nagging at me which I kept pushing away.  

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Setting expectations.

It seems to be a common theme presenting itself to me over and over again as I navigate the newness of the empty nest.

Recently, I shared a very private but relevant story about how setting expectations with my son prior to parents’ weekend may have prevented me from experiencing hurt feelings. It may have also prevented my son from feeling badly when I shared with him the disappointment and hurt that had been caused by what seemed to be his lack of paying attention during the weekend at his university.

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