Monday, September 29, 2008

DEALING WITH AN EMPTY NEST


From TODAY, Voices
Friday September 26, 2008

By Dr Bill Maier

We hear a lot about mothers who struggle with depression when kids leave home, but what about dads?

Dads may not always show their emotions as mothers do, but don’t let that tough exterior fool you.

I still remember how choked up my father was when I left for college. And it affected him deeply for weeks.

Few parents look forward to an empty nest and dads are just as prone to grief as mums.

But sadly, for many dads, the reasons can be more painful. Some dads admit that regret is what they most feel.

They were so busy through the years trying to build a career that they did not get to know their kids the way that they had hoped they could. Then, suddenly they realise that it’s too late.

If you still have kids at home, don’t let the years slip away.

Get to know them now, because they’ll be gone in the blink of an eye.

And when that happens, I guarantee you will be sad; just don’t be sad for the wrong reasons.
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