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Life after children: Empty Nest Syndrome

April 22, 2012
By CATHY BROWNFIELD - Family Recovery Center , Salem News

LISBON - Emily tended to look past the end of her nose, to plan ahead. So when her last child began her final semester of high school, she knew it was time to do something. She had no desire to be affected by Empty Nest Syndrome. She'd heard women talk about the devastation they felt when their last child left home, how empty their homes-and their lives-were. Some women spoke about alcohol abuse, often in secret. Some advised the best times were now ahead because their children were independent and that meant Mom could be, too.



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