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Empty Nest Syndrome is a real thing.

When Samson graduated last spring, I was hit square in the face with the realization that of my six kiddos, only one was still a minor. And with him on track to graduate from high school a year earlier, my time as a momma with kids at home was too swiftly coming to a close.

It was that realization that ushered in my midlife crisis and was the impetus for Midlife Credo. I knew I needed to proactively move to a positive place or I'd crumple into a puddle and never recover.

As the baby in my family, did I even notice how my parents were impacted when I flew the coop in a glorious shout of freedom? It didn't even occur to me to think about it. What was the big deal?

Well, now I know.

Have any tips to share on how to make the second half the better half? I'm all ears!

Alison Moore Smith is a 59-year-old entrepreneur. She has been (very happily) married to Samuel M. Smith for 38 years. They are parents of six incredible children and grandparents to two astounding grandsons.

She is the author of The 7 Success Habits of Homeschoolers.

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