Published on July 5, 2016.
Live your best life even after your kids leave home
When her children left for college, Melissa Shultz was certain that she had prepared them well for their new lives-but her own life was a different matter entirely. Her house was empty, her purpose unclear. If her life was no longer dominated by the day-to-day demands of being “Mom,” then who exactly was she? And how would she ever move forward?
From Mom to Me Again is the story of one woman’s reinvention. Shultz’s struggle with the empty nest and the transformation of her marriage, friendships, career, and ultimately herself, is part memoir and part self-help guide. Funny, poignant, and practical, this book tells Shultz’s personal story and provides valuable advice for readers preparing to send their children off into the world. She shows women that while they’ll always be mothers, it’s time for them to take center stage in their own lives once again.”
This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. It’s kind of a hodgepodge of blog entires, memoir, and self help. I was interested in reading it because an empty nest is something I’ll experience someday when my son leaves home. I thought it would be enlightening to read about another mother’s experience. I was expecting more of a cohesive story about that first year.
I enjoyed Melissa’s voice, especially in the entries that derived from her blog. She has a very conversational and introspective tone. She related her own experiences during the time leading up to, during, and after her younger son went away to college. She filled in the gaps with memories from her own upbringing and advice about marriage, friendships, and careers after kids leave home. Overall, I thought her message was good: take time for yourself and discover what you really want out of life. And in general, I think her advice can be applied much earlier. Why wait for your children to move out before pursuing your own interests? The sooner you look after yourself, the easier the transition will be when the time comes.
I liked this book for the most part – some sections more than others. I think it’s an interesting read for mothers, and maybe especially those who’ve elected to stay home with their children through their high school years. Reading about others in a similar situation is almost always helpful.
It was rather choppy, though, but I think that’s more in the editing than anything else.