From Mom to Me Again: How I Survived My First Empty-Nest Year and Reinvented the Rest of My Life (Paperback)

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Rediscover your own identity after your kids leave home with this top-rated empty nest book for moms!

This empowering and insightful book is packed with practical advice, inspiring anecdotes, and valuable strategies to help you navigate the transition into empty nesting and discover a vibrant new identity.

Written by an experienced author who has been through the journey herself, this book is your trusted companion as you embark on this transformative phase. Whether you're feeling lost, overwhelmed, or uncertain about what lies ahead, From Mom to Me Again offers a roadmap to reclaiming your independence, rediscovering your passions, and embracing the joy and opportunities that come with an empty nest.

Inside, you'll find:

  1. Practical tips for adjusting to life without children at home, creating a fulfilling routine, and establishing new goals.
  2. Inspiring stories from real women who have successfully reinvented themselves after their children have flown the nest.
  3. Expert advice on self-care, cultivating new friendships, and exploring new hobbies or career paths.
  4. Strategies for nurturing your relationships with your grown children and maintaining a strong bond while giving them space to grow.
  5. Guidance on navigating the emotional ups and downs of this transition and finding a renewed sense of purpose.

Whether you're a newly empty-nester or have been on this journey for some time, From Mom to Me Again is your go-to resource for embracing change, rediscovering yourself, and living life to the fullest. With its wealth of wisdom, actionable steps, and uplifting guidance, this book is a must-read for every woman ready to embark on a new chapter of her life.

Also makes a great gift for empty nesters!

About the Author

Melissa T. Shultz has written about health and parenting for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Newsweek, Readers’ Digest, The Huffington Post, Next Avenue, Scary Mommy, Babble, and other publications and blogs. She is also an acquisitions editor for Jim Donovan Literary. A native of Washington, D.C., and mother of two sons, she lives in the Dallas area with her husband.

Praise For…

"Named as one of 3 Inspiring Reads by Parade Magazine: "New or soon-to-be empty nesters will appreciate the candid and hard-won wisdom in this self-help guide to navigating life after the kids leave home." — Parade

"A funny, honest, and moving love letter to mothers with everything we need to know to prepare not just for our children’s futures, but our own. I love this book!" — Jill Smokler, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy and founder of top parenting website

"[a] wise and encouraging guide for mothers of adult children." — Publishers Weekly

"Funny and poignant, Shultz shows us how we can live a happy and fulfilling life even after the kids are gone." — Grown and 

"Part memoir, part self-help guide, Shultz's journey of embracing her empty nest and the process of reinventing and transforming her life is told with candor, sincerity, and just the right amount of humor. Moms who are asking, "Now what?" this book is for you." — Club Mid (

"This solid, and eloquently written book is a one-stop shop for any parent who is also on the precipice. While sharing honest feelings and details of her own life from before, during, and after her kids leave home, the author collects wise commentary from others who have been there before. " — BetterAfter50

"From Mom to Me Again is sensitive, insightful and sprinkled with humor throughout. In fact, it was so engaging and well-written that I read it in one sitting." — TheFriendshipBlog

"If even just the words "empty nest" make you feel like crying your mama-bird eyes out, take heart. From Mom to Me Again is here to smooth your poor, feathered forehead, to say, "I know," soothingly, and to offer practical advice for turning your own bereftness into a rich, full life." — Catherine Newman, author of Catastrophic Happiness and Waiting for Birdy

"The kids left, the dog died, and I hadn’t spent a moment preparing myself. From Mom to Me Again is the guide I wish I’d had." — Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO of iRelaunch and co-author of Back on the Career Track

"Don't make the mistake of waiting for the kids to leave home to prepare for the rest of your life. Melissa Shultz tells us why, and how, with warmth, wit, and wisdom." — Lisa Belkin, creator of the Life’s Work column and the Motherlode blog in the New York Times, and author of Show Me a Hero

"‘I was so busy taking care of the kids that I forgot to take care of myself,' says every mother on the planet. Ms. Shultz (gently )shows us why this is colossally misguided logic, and hands us the indispensable tools we need to become non-neurotic parents of adult kids." — David and Veronica James, authors of Going Gypsy: One Couple’s Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492618430
ISBN-10: 1492618438
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: July 5th, 2016
Pages: 224
Language: English