What empty nesters must never say to those who left the nest
He won’t “be back for the summer” anymore.
You may have a little difficulty with your recent graduate out of the house and on his own, but at some point, you’ll need to embrace this new chapter in both of your lives.
Avoiding these questions, when you do have the honor of seeing him or her, will give you a little assistance during this transition and help develop that adult relationship with your darling offspring.
1. “Are you really wearing that?”
By the time she’s reached her 20s, your daughter has developed her own style. She probably doesn’t like your clothes either.
2. “I miss you… Can we be friends on Facebook?”
No. (And if you’ve already coaxed your daughter into being Facebook friends, don’t comment on how ‘hot’ she looks in all her photos.)
3. “Can you empty the dishwasher after you walk the dog?”
Your son didn’t visit home for the weekend to do your chores. At least say “please.”
4. “I was looking through your bookshelf when…”
When what? Why were you doing this?
5. “Do you miss home?”
Translation: “I am miserable with you gone. Any chance you’ll move back?”