Like millions of parents across the nation, journalist Maria Shriver shared earlier this week that she was going through the bittersweet, end-of-summer farewell with her youngest child. Yes, even celebrities aren’t immune to the emotional roller coaster parents often experience when their kids fly the coop. Shriver, 60, has written about the stages of becoming an empty nester on her blog, but with the youngest it’s different. She asked the Twitterverse: “Empty-nesters: what advice do you have for me about sending off the youngest?”
And judging by the overwhelming response, it seems there are a lot of empty nesters out there, both new and old, who have plenty of advice on how to navigate this next stage of life.
Here are just some of the best responses: