Top Ten Reasons Why Parents and Children Should Continue to Improve Their Relationships Even After The Children Grow Up and Leave Home: *
Focus over Fifty
- Most parents will live more years as an empty-nester than with a child at home.
- The relationships parents and grown children can be more joyful and more satisfying than the relationship parents had with them as small children.
- Empty nest parents can be such valuable consultants to leaving-the-nest children - in areas of parenting, finance, church callings, etc.
- Kids who have grown up and left can be a window on the world for parents - giving them a perspective on everything from new technology to new trends.
- The scriptures mention "family" more than 300 times, and not once does it mean just parents and children in the home. It always refers to extended family - three or more generations - including children who have left home.
Helping people at mid-life understand their multi-generational
role within the family; leaving a legacy through
grandchildren, caring for aging parents, and other
mid-life issues that contribute to a healthy and productive
Focus Over Fifty and Finishers Project are partnering with Grand Parenting Great, a collaboration of Grand Parents to share the art of leaving a legacy, by great grand parenting.
Grand Parenting Great
Grand Parenting Great (GPG) is a movement dedicated to encouraging and equipping grandparents to be more effective in their changing roles with adult children and grandchildren.
* Adapted from "Empty-Nest Parenting: Adjusting Your Stewardship As Your Children Leave Home"
by Richard M. Eyre, Linda Eyre, Saren Eyre Loosli