Sure, you’ll be sad—for a few minutes. Then crack the champagne and start celebrating.

By Laura Asmundsson
March 20, 2018

Why isn’t there a book for parents called What to Expect… When Your Baby Grows Up and Leaves You? A how-to-cope manual would definitely come in handy for families who are dropping off their youngest child at his freshman dorm or helping their daughter pack up and move into her first real apartment (paid for with her first real paycheck!). Just like having a newborn, having a newly empty nest is a life-changing event. There will be plenty of moments when you miss the noise, the mess, and the energy of having kids around, but there are also plenty of great reasons to celebrate your freedom.

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