Nadine’s Free Advice Friday ~ 08/17/18 Parenting 101 – Empty Nesters

I know a family who has a 39 year old male adult child who still lives at home. HE WON’T LEAVE! The Momma complains.

Talk about your failure to launch! Me thinks this problem did not manifest over night.

Growing up in the trailer park my hippies, Mawdine and Double R, told me very early in…that once graduation from high school commenced…I had three choices to make for my future.

In raising my own little Dramamine, I decided to do it the same way.

Three choices:

1- Stay home for four years.

No! not four and a half…and definitely not five. Just four. Suck us dry. Live at home for FREE!!! Use the laundry equipment, enjoy home cooked meals, free cable and Internet, free rent & utilities. Work part time for your spending/running money and get her done in four years and then…get out.

2- Join the military and then…get out.

3- LEAVE! Move out on your own! Since you already know everything. You’ll be good punkin. Good luck. Momma loves you…get out.

A word for Empty-nesters…some little birds leave the nest before the mama and papa bird are ready. Let them go. Don’t try don’t try and clip their wings; lest they fall to the ground and get eaten by the cats.

Trust me and Jose’ when we say it is great being an Empty-nesters!

Now days you can even have a precious little professional photograph with you and your spouse holding an empty nest! How clever is that?!

Please do not forget to mention as those little darlings leave your house that they are not boomerangs. This means once you go out you do not come back. And you darn sure don’t bring anyone else home with you!

The best way to be a successful empty Nester it is to communicate this information to your little bird early in the game. When they are little, say age three or four. Let them know this is how the game ends. No surprises. No miscommunication. No misunderstandings.

Since those teenagers and toddlers are much the same; Give them a choice. They are seeking independence so given a choice they will be able to make good choices.

Do you want to wear the red shirt or the blue shirt? Do you want to pick up your toys or go to time out?

Do you want to go back to your room and change your outfit and put on something more appropriate for dinner or do you want to stay at home and eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich by yourself? Do you want to do your homework or do you want to give me your keys and your cell phone? Choices. That’s what I’m talking about.

It’s FREE! As in No Charge. Nada. Doesn’t cost you one single thing. As head Queen of the Trailer Park and the Self-Appointed Life Coach to many, this is just another service I provide. A quick reminder last week’s advice was: Trailer Park First Date. Do please go read, like and share as you see fit.

Boomerangs my butt!

Empty/nestingly yours,

Nadine Bodine

Your VERY Best friend in the whole wide world 🌎☮️❤️🚋

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