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Best 110 Empty Nest Quotes

Empty Nest Quotes

This post contains some of the best Empty Nest Quotes.

Empty Nest Quotes

1. “…I would have let him go one finger at a time, until, without his realizing, he’d be floating without me. And then I thought, perhaps that is what it means to be a parent — to teach your child to live without you.”—Nicole Krauss

2. “…it’s hard—looking ahead, seeing their mistakes coming, and then, unless they are in actual mortal danger, holding their hands as they make them anyway.”—Kelly Harms

3. “A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.”—Emily Dickenson

4. “A mother knows what her child’s gone through, even if she didn’t see it herself.”—Pramoedya Ananta Toer

5. “A Mother’s Job is to teach her children not to need her anymore. The hardest part of that job is accepting success.”—Unknown

6. “A sacred wandering is a wilderness journey. You can find yourself in the midst of life transitions. Major upheavals. A career change. Soul searching. Infertility. Relocation. Illness. Depression. Divorce. Loss of a loved one. Unemployment. Returning to school. The empty nest.”―Dana Arcuri

7. “A time comes in the life of a mother and son when that kind of mothering crosses the line into critical behavior.” — Catherine Ryan Hyde

8. “A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.”—Elizabeth Gaskel

9. “Adolescence is perhaps nature’s way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest.”—Karen Savage and Patricia Adams

10. “All my heavy-chested sadness, loss and longing to hold on to things as they used to be are back, sweeping over me as they did when I was a child.” — Rob Lowe

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11. “As a parent, you quickly realize that life is one long series of letting go: watching your kid crawl, then walk, then run, and then drive away.”—Deborah Mitchell

12. “As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it myself.” — Joyce Maynard

13. “As our daughter leaves the nest, we’re filled with a strange mix of sadness, pride, and gratitude for everything she’s taught us.”―Unknown

14. “Be open to what comes next for you. You may be heading in one direction and then life brings you another that might be a good thing.”—Natalie Cane

15. “Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it up.”—Unknown

16. “Being a good parent requires knowing when to push and when to back off, when to help and when to let them make mistakes and then being strong enough to watch them go.”—Unknown

17. “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.”—Linda Wooten

18. “Being a mother means having your heart broken. And it means loving and losing and falling apart and coming back together.” — Katherine Center

19. “But when you see them as accomplished, confident, kind, thoughtful, responsible people, then you know you’ve done your job.” — Barack Obama

20. “Contrary to all we hear about women and their empty-nest problem, it may be fathers more often than mothers who are pained by the children’s imminent or actual departure–fathers who want to hold back the clock, to keep the children in the home for just a little longer. Repeatedly women compare their own relief to their husband’s distress.”—Lillian B. Rubin

21. “Empty nest is not just about the loud quiet. It’s about being at the center of your own life where your kids used to be. You’ll be encouraged to embrace your freedom, go back to school, volunteer, but come first again is not as easy as it sounds. It feels like wearing shoes on the wrong feet.”—Susan Bonifant

22. “Empty nest syndrome? There’s a nap for that.”—Unknown

23. “EMPTY NESTER: When the kids move out, and the whole house is my naked room.”—Unknown

24. “Every time you think that letting go of your children once they grow up is hard, look at the trees…. They have been letting go of their leaves for ages. Leaves which once were part of them, but will neither be that from then on nor will get back to being a part of them like before. Ever again….”—Diti Swain

25. “Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.”—The Dalai Lama

26. “Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that supposed to mean? In my heart, it don’t mean a thing.”—Toni Morrison

27. “Having a daughter leave the nest feels like the closing of a chapter, but it also opens up a brand new one full of possibilities.”—Unknown

28. “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. My we raise them.”—Unknown

29. “Hey, empty nest parents, if you want your kid to call you, just change your Netflix password.”—Unknown

30. “Home is where somebody notices when you are no longer there.”—Aleksandar Hemon

31. “How strange is the force of imagination! it represents things as if they were actually present to us; we consider them so, and to a heart like mine, this is death. I know not where to hide myself from you.”―Marie Rabutin-Chantal De Sevigne

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32. “How then can we account for the persistence of the myth that inside the empty nest lives a shattered and depressed shell of a woman–a woman in constant pain because her children no longer live under her roof? Is it possible that a notion so pervasive is, in fact, just a myth?”—Lillian B. Rubin

33. “I diagnosed my loneliness as premature empty nest syndrome.”—Kristen Schaal

34. “I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want, and then advise them to do it.”—Harry Truman

35. “I know that I have raised my sons to be big, strong, independent men who love God, themselves, and care for others. I have to learn to let them have space and learn without me.” — Kim Alexis

36. “I remember my mother’s prayers, and they have always followed me.”—Abraham Lincoln

37. “I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms.”—C. Joybell C.

38. “I think the hardest thing for a mother is to make it possible for a child to be independent and at the same time let the child know how much you love her, how much you want to take care of her, and yet how truly essential it is for her to fly on her own.” — Madeleine Albright

39. “I used to wish for each day to go by so fast. For you to be older, more independent, and able to take care of yourself. Now that moment has come and all I want is to go back and start over.”—Lauren Tingley

40. “I was learning to map my own course and determine my own destination now that my children were no longer at home. A fire burned within my soul, igniting possibilities I had previously only dreamed of for myself. I was choosing to feather my empty nest with leather and chrome, not a second-hand lover.”—Debi Tolbert Duggar⁣

41. “I wish I could freeze time or go back in time and watch my kids grow up all over again because it is just going by too fast.”—Robert Rodriquez

42. “I, on the other hand, have always wanted hardship for my kids. Real, honest hardship. Challenges big enough to make them empathetic and wise.”—Sally Hepworth

43. “If only I had more laundry to do,’ said no empty nester mother ever.”—Unknown

44. “If the nest is truly empty, who owns all this junk?”—Erma Bombeck

45. “If we have experienced any of these things, they were milder, softer versions, played out in sepia, not experiences that could compare to theirs. You have no idea what I know.” — Sally Hepworth

46. “If you see your kids moving on as you are missing something, you will experience this phase in a state of lack. If you see your kids moving on as an accomplishment, you will be joyful to experience this phase.” — Unknown

47. “If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.”—Bette Davis

48. “In letting your child go, you are letting them grow.”—Unknown

49. “In my daughter’s eyes I am a hero / I am strong and wise and I know no fear / but the truth is plain to see / she was sent to rescue me”—Martina McBride

50. “It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you do in your life. You never stop needing your mom.”—Kate Winslet

51. “It hurts to let her baby go down the aisle. She walks right by, looks back into her mother’s eyes. And that smile lets her know she’s somebody’s hero.” — Jamie O’Neal

52. “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.”—Ann Landers

53. “It takes a lot more courage to let something go than it does to hang on to it, trying to make it better. Letting go doesn’t mean ignoring a situation. Letting go means accepting what is, exactly as it is, without fear, resistance, or a struggle for control.”–Iyanla Vanzant

54. “It’s funny what the younger generation assumes we don’t know. They assume we couldn’t possibly understand the agony of heartbreak or the pressure of buying a house.” — Sally Hepworth

55. “It’s hard looking ahead, seeing their mistakes coming, and then, unless they are in actual mortal danger, holding their hands as they make them anyway.” — Kelly Harms

56. “It’s hard to let go, but seeing my daughter fly away and create her own life fills me with pride and joy.”—Unknown

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57. “It’s not an empty nest until they get their stuff out of the basement.”—Unknown

58. “It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too.” — Joyce Maynard

59. “Letting go does not mean abandoning your child. It means allowing your child to learn responsibility and to feel capable.”—Unknown

60. “Letting go does not mean not caring about things. It means caring about them in a flexible and wise way.”—Jack Kornfield

61. “Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us.” — Melody Beattie

62. “Letting go of our children is the most sacrificial way we can love them. Make no mistake, to hold on too tight and too long clips their wings and makes it harder for them to fly. To soar.”—Robin Dance

63. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” —Albert Einstein

64. “Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

65. “Making the decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” — Ellen Cantarow

66. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing”—Rikki Lake

67. “Mothers and daughters are closest when daughters become mothers.”—Unknown

68. “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.”—Unknown

69. “My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do.” — Mitt Romney

70. “Nothing you do for your children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor

71. “Now the hardest part about the empty nest is learning to put myself first.” — Kim Alexis

72. “Now, standing among the accumulation of the life of a little boy he no longer is, I look at my own young doppelgänger and realize: it’s me who has become a boy again.” — Rob Lowe

73. “Our children’s independence is a reminder of how much we had to give and all that we have accomplished.” — Madeline Levine

74. “Our job as parents is to teach our kids not to need us, and it hurts.” — Barack Obama

75. “People make a lot of jokes about the empty nest. Let me tell you; it is no laughing matter.” — Michelle Pfeiffer

76. “Picture Man: Only after a parent has let go of their child will the parent truly be an adult. Living creatures leave their nest when ready. But the ones sending them off still anxiously and unnecessarily spread out their hands to catch them.”—Unknown

77. “Raising your child well is hard. But learning to let them go out into the world and prove that you did your job right is even tougher.”—J. Craine

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78. “She stopped herself. He wasn’t a boy. A time comes in the life of a mother and son when that kind of mothering crosses the line into critical behavior. At age thirty he could eat and talk in any way he saw fit.”—Catherine Ryan Hyde

79. “She stopped herself. He wasn’t a boy. At age thirty, he could eat and talk however he saw fit.” — Catherine Ryan Hyde

80. “She was both sad and happy for her children to leave home. Part of what she had always wanted to do seemed now to be already done, but now she could sit back and see the fruits of her labor.”—Unknown

81. “Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” — Ann Landers

82. “Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter.”—Melissa Marr

83. “The ‘empty nest’ comes quickly. Do not squander your most previous privilege of participating in the lives of your children.”—Unknown

84. “The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and purpose are different….”—Carl Jung

85. “The art of mothering is to teach the art of living.”—Elaine Hefner

86. “The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.”—Dorothy Parker

87. “The biggest change for me as a mom was realizing I needed to put someone else before me. Now the hardest part about the empty nest is learning to put myself first.”—Kim Alexis

88. “The empty nest is underrated.”—Nora Ephron

89. “The fingerprints on the wall appear higher and higher. Then suddenly they disappear.”—Dorothy

90. “The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.”—Erich Fromm

91. “There are two gifts we can give our children. One is roots and the other is wings.”—Unknown

92. “There are two times when parenting is the most difficult. When the baby first arrives at home, and when the adult first leaves home.”—Jennifer Quinn

93. “There comes a time in a parent’s life when you need to let go of your child’s hands and hope to God they have learned the lessons we as parents have taught them!”—Unknown

94. “They are not ours to keep, but to teach how to soar on their own.” — Unknown

95. “Think of your woods and orchards without birds! Of empty nests that cling to boughs and beams / As in an idiot’s brain remembered words / Hang empty ‘mid the cobwebs of his dreams!”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

96. “To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle, I say, ‘Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are.”—Jeffrey R. Holland

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97. “To be the mother of a grown-up child means that you don’t have a child anymore, and that is sad. When the grown-up child leaves home, that is sadder.”—Wendell Berry

98. “To come to the door and know that she would find no one: to see a house completely empty. It was like coming to her tomb while she was still alive.”―Iain Crichton Smith

99. “To raise a child who is comfortable enough to leave you means you’ve done your job.” — Unknown

100. “To think about letting my children go is like an arrow to the soul. I know it must happen, but the pain makes it hard to breathe.”—Unknown

101. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”—Mark Twain

102. “Watching my daughter leave the nest is like watching her take her first steps – bittersweet but necessary for growth.”—Unknown

103. “Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it”—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

104. “When mothers talk about the depression of the empty nest, they’re not mourning the passing of all those wet towels on the floor, or the music that numbs your teeth, or even the bottle of capless shampoo dribbling down the shower drain. They’re upset because they’ve gone from supervisor of a child’s life to a spectator. It’s like being the vice president of the United States.”—Erma Bombeck

105. “When my children left home, I thought my efforts at building a home had been a failure. Now, my grandchildren have shown me just what a success I really am.”—Unknown

106. “When she left home, innocence whispered goodbye as she walked away.”—Unknown

107. “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” —Wayne Dyer

108. “You see much more of your children after they leave home.”—Lucille Ball

109. “You will never achieve what you are capable of if you are too attached to the things you need to let go of.” — Unknown

110. “Your child’s life will be filled with fresh experiences. It’s good if yours is as well.”—Dr. Margaret Rutherford

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