Jun 2, 2014
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Katie Couric to Feature 'Refeathering the Empty Nest’ Greenwich Author

Katie Couric to Feature 'Refeathering the Empty Nest’ Greenwich Author

The book cover.

The empty-nest phenomenon faced by parents the world over has a new voice, licensed psychotherapist Wendy Aronsson, LCSW, of Greenwich, and her words of wisdom in a new book, Refeathering the Empty Nest: Life After the Children Leave, have gotten the attention of Katie Couric.

“It is a loss. Our identities are so wrapped up in our children,” Aronsson told Connecticut Magazine in an interview last Friday in the office of her Greenwich practice.

The complexities of parents’ relationships with their children, and how they change for all involved when the children leave for college, will be explored by Aronsson and Couric Wednesday, June 4, on “Katie.”

See the preview video on the "Katie" website

In Connecticut, the show airs at 3 p.m. weekdays on WTNH Channel 8, and in New York it’s on WABC-TV, Channel 7.

In the book (Rowman & Littlefield; April 30, 2014; $36), Aronsson provides parents with practical advice “on how they can embrace life’s newest chapter” and focuses on “The Shift,” described as “a phase that represents a profound change from the daily rigors of constant parenting to a period of self-reflection and reorientation.”

“Free-Range Parents should be elated that their houses are (finally) clean, neat and quiet,” says a release on the new book. “They can now enjoy some leisure time and refocus their energies on exciting new projects outside the home. Many couples, however, face the prospect of an empty nest with anxiety and trepidation.”

Calling the book a “fascinating and revealing study of a late-in-life stage of life,” Carin Rubenstein, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., and author of Beyond the Mommy Years, says “Aronsson uses wit and insight to describe her notion of ‘The Shift.’ I predict mass enjoyment of this clever and irreverent look at what happens to moms and dads when the kids leave home.”

In the book, Aronsson “uses real-life stories to show how people have managed these changes, how they’ve reignited the passion in their marriages—or in some cases moved on from bad relationships—and rediscovered old talents and interests.”

Aronsson, according to her bio, has consulted with local schools and was an active charter member of the special education section of the Greenwich Parent-Teacher Association. In addition, she developed and facilitated the Learning Differences Network for the Junior League of Greenwich in conjunction with Greenwich Hospital. She also serves as facilitator for “The Parent Exchange” with Greenwich Hospital. She is also a guest lecturer and consultant at area schools and Parents Together, an organization sponsored by local public and independent schools.

Check back for a longer Connecticut Magazine story on Aronsson and her new book.

 

Katie Couric to Feature 'Refeathering the Empty Nest’ Greenwich Author

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