Empty Nest Quotes capture the bittersweet emotions experienced by parents when their children grow up and leave home to pursue their own lives. These poignant phrases serve as a reminder of the deep love and attachment shared between parents and their children, as well as the inevitable transition into a new phase of life. Whether humorous, nostalgic, or reflective, these words encapsulate the mixture of pride, longing, and newfound freedom accompanying the empty nest syndrome.
They resonate with parents who find themselves navigating an empty house after years of chaos, laughter, and endless parenting responsibilities. These insightful expressions often offer solace and inspiration, reminding parents that the bonds forged with their children remain strong even as they embark on their independent journeys.
They provide a source of comfort during moments of loneliness and a motivation to embrace newfound opportunities, rediscover personal interests, and redefine the meaning of parenthood in this new chapter of life. These quotes testify to the enduring love and transformative power of parenthood.
Empty Nest Quotes
…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, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
A Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. – Emily Dickenson
A mother knows what her child’s gone through, even if she didn’t see it herself. – Pramoedya Ananta Toer
A Mother’s Job is to teach her children not to need her anymore. The hardest part of that job is accepting success.
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, North and South
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. – Abraham Lincoln
And despite everything I know now, I still believe, as I did when I was little, that there is an entire universe of things that my mother knows that I don’t. I still believe that nothing truly bad can ever happen if my mother is around. I know it’s not true. But still. It is true. – Katherine Center
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
As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her. – Kristin Hannah, Summer Island
Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it up.
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.
Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. – Linda Wooten
Clarity and focus doesn’t always come from God or inspirational quotes. Usually, it takes your mother to slap the reality back into you. – Hannon Alder
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
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
Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, reasons to stay. – Dalai Lama
Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing. – Toni Morrison
Having kids – the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings – is the biggest job anyone can embark on. As with any risk, you have to take a leap of faith and ask lots of wonderful people for their help and guidance. I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to parent. – Maria Shriver
Here’s to Strong Women. May We Know Them. May We Be Them. My We Raise Them.
Home is where somebody notices when you are no longer there. – Aleksandar Hemon
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
I always knew I wanted kids, but when my mom passed away I was like, ‘I want a bunch of kids. I want three kids or four kids, and I want to have that relationship again.’ I can’t bring my mom back, but I can have children. – Mindy Kaling
I diagnosed my loneliness as premature empty nest syndrome. – Kristen Schaal
I loved you from the very start. You stole my breath, embraced my heart. – Anonymous
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. – Abraham Lincoln
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
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
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
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
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, The Mother in Law
If You’ve Never Been Hated By Your Child, You’ve Never Been a Parent – Bette Davis
In letting your child go, you are letting them grow.
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
It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you do in your life. You never stop needing your mom. – Kate Winslet
It is not the job of the child to protect her mother. It’s the mother’s job to protect the child. By allowing your mother to protect you, you gave her a gift. – Kristin Cashore
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
It takes someone really brave to be a mother, someone strong to raise a child, someone special to love someone more than herself. – Ritu Ghatourey
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. We couldn’t understand infertility or depression or the fight for equality. 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, I want to tell her. Instead I open my arms and let her lie against my shoulder and cry. – Sally Hepworth, The Mother in Law
Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. – J.K. Rowling
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
Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing. – Rikki Lake
Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. – Anonymous
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
My mother shed her protective love down around me and without knowing why people sensed that I had value. – Maya Angelou
Nothing you do for your children is ever wasted. – Garrison Keillor
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. 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
Our job as parents is to teach our kids not to need us. And it hurts, but when you see them as accomplished, confident, kind, thoughtful, responsible people, then you know you’ve done your job. – Barack Obama
People make a lot of jokes about the empty nest. Let me tell you, it is no laughing matter. It is really hard. – Michelle Pfeiffer
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
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, Heaven Adjacent
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.
SING OUT LOUD IN THE CAR, even, or especially, if, it embarrasses your children. – Marilyn Penland
Sometimes love means letting go when you want to hold on tighter
The afternoon of life is just as full of meaning as the morning; only, its meaning and purpose are different. – Carl Jung
The art of mothering is to teach the art of living. – Elaine Hefner
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
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. 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
The empty nest is underrated. – Nora Ephron
The fingerprints on the wall appear higher and higher. Then suddenly they disappear. – Dorothy
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
There are two gifts we can give our children. One is roots and the other is wings.
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings. – Hodding Carter, Jr.
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
They had each other and there was a love between them that would withstand anything. Alina and I had always intuited, with no small wry pique, that, although our parents adored us and would do anything for us, they loved each other more. As far as I was concerned, that was the way it should be. Kids grow up, move on and find a love of their own. The empty nest shouldn’t leave parents grieving. It should leave them ready and excited to get on with living their own adventure, which would, of course, include many visits to children and grandchildren. – Karen Marie Moning
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
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
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
To raise a child who is comfortable enough to leave you, means you’ve done your job. They are not ours to keep , but to teach how to soar on their own.
When a man is forced into early retirement, he is often being ‘given up for a younger man.’ Being forced into early retirement can be to a man what being ‘given up for a younger woman’ is for a woman… Why do many men get more upset by retirement than women do from the empty nest when their children leave home? When females retire from children, they can try a career; when a man retires from a career, his children are gone. – Warren Farrell
When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself. – Nancy Friday
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
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.
When she left home, innocence whispered goodbye as she walked away.
You are a Miracle. And I have to love you this fiercely: So that you can feel it even after you leave for school, or even while you are asleep, or even after your childhood becomes a memory. You’ll forget all this when you grow up. But it’s okay. Being a mother means having your heart broken. And it means loving and losing and falling apart and coming back together. – Katherine Center
You can fool everybody some of the time and you can fool somebody all of the time, but you can’t fool your mother.
You see much more of your children after they leave home. – Lucille Ball
Empty Nest Inspirational Quotes
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
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
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
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.
It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. 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
Our children’s independence is a reminder of how much we had to give and all that we have accomplished. It is a pleasure to remember that it is not a form of abandonment but an expression of a job well done. – Madeline Levine
The ‘empty nest’ comes quickly. Do not squander your most precious privilege of participating in the lives of your children.
Your child’s life will be filled with fresh experiences. It’s good if yours is as well. – Dr. Margaret Rutherford
Empty Nest Quotes About Letting Go
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
Letting go does not mean abandoning your child. It means allowing your child to learn responsibility and to feel capable.
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. This frees us from unnecessary stress. – Melody Beattie
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein
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
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!
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.
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