My Turn: Women's Search for Self After the Children Leave

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Insightful, real-life interviews with women, psychologists, and family counselors explore how women can effect positive changes in their lives at this critical midlife turning point. Provides both encouragement and inspiration.

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In contrast to those who see the empty nest as a time of depression and sadness, Shapiro (Women, Mentors, and Success, Fawcett Columbine, 1992) makes a case for the postactive parenting time as an opportunity for midlife women to make positive changes and explore new possibilities in their lives. She does not deny the deep bonds of love between parent and child or the twinge of wistfulness when the last child leaves home. Indeed, not even a full, satisfying career can guarantee insulation from feelings of sadness and regret at the final departure. However, Shapiro offers a much more optimistic picture from her interviews with 45 women whose children have recently left. Most of the book focuses on changes in family relationships, how women without children at home view work, and the freedom to explore new skills, avocations, and other challenges. Among other suggestions, Shapiro recommends taking a self-inventory, building a support system, and setting goals for the future. Appropriate for public library and women's studies collections.?Patricia A. Beaber, Trenton State Coll. Lib., N.J.
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