Second Breaks

“Like anything that comes to an end, there’s a feeling of loss and there are things to grieve. This is especially true because our kids are such a central part of our life.” — Karen Herbert

Show Notes

Those of us who are parents will be familiar with the mélange of emotions that comes when it’s time for the kids to leave the nest — whether that’s to college or to begin their adult life away from us.

In this episode, I talk with transitions life coach Karen Herbert to explore how parents can best manage themselves during some of the most challenging feelings of empty nesters, and most importantly, how to focus on the most important thing — the relationship they have with their young adult kids.

  • How to manage the many different emotions and feelings that you may be going through during this period
  • The most important objective or goal parents should have, particularly as they guide their children to young adulthood
  • How best to continue to be in your children’s lives even as they leave the nest and go on their own
  • The two things young adults hate the most from their parents and how you can avoid these traps

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What is Second Breaks?

Conversations about midlife, life and career transitions, and all the fabulous ways we can get better as we get older. Hosted by Lou Blaser.

About The Host: Lou Blaser is a former corporate ladder climber turned writer and podcaster. She writes the weekly publication "We're All Getting Older" and is the author of Break Free: The Courage to Reinvent Yourself and Your Career.