Marci Seither - Preparing for the Empty Nest

My husband James and I dropped our oldest child off at college a few weeks ago. Launching adults is 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 at Get Arlene's book 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife at The Happy Home is sponsored in part by Dwell Bible App. Save 30% off Dwell for Life at

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The Happy Home is sponsored in part by Talk About. Use Promo Code HAPPYHOME to get 1 month free at This show is for women and men who want a happier home life. Arlene will help you bridge the gap between your ideal family and the real thing. You don’t have to come from a happy home to create one. Your host Arlene Pellicane is a speaker and author of several books including 31 Days to a Happy Husband and Parents Rising. She and her husband James have been married more than 21 years and have three children. Inside this podcast, you’ll meet some of the kindest and smartest experts when it comes to marriage and parenting. Get ready for fun and practical conversations that will change your thinking, give you hope, and spark positive change.