Refeather Cover 175You swore after nearly 20 years of soccer and marching band practices, last-minute school projects (remembering trying to create the solar system at midnight?), and mountains of laundry you’d celebrate when the kids left the nest. So why do you feel so blue now that your youngest is preparing for high school graduation? Licensed psychotherapist Wendy Aronsson says it’s because you’re going through “The Shift” – a sea change from full-time responsibility to adviser to independent offspring. In her new book, Refeathering the Empty Nest: Life After the Children Leave, Aronsson provides practical advice on how parents can embrace this new chapter of their lives while building stronger relationships with their young adults.

To celebrate your independence—or to help someone else celebrate theirs—we’re offering this exquisite floral design created by Surroundings Flowers of Manhattan to be delivered to the winner of our giveaway. To enter, just leave a comment below and tell us what you’ll miss most when your child leaves [giveaway giveaway_id=1424 side=”left”] the nest. It doesn’t matter if your kid is 12 or 20—we’ve thought about it and we know you have, too. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries.

So share what’s in your heart. And it’s OK if you want to celebrate less laundry and no more late-night runs to the craft store.

Surrounding Flowers arrangements have been featured in publications including Architectural Digest, Better Homes and Gardens, Instyle, New York Magazine, Country Living, and Town & Country. From lush and colorful to sleek and modern, our trademark style allows the flowers to speak for themselves. Click here to go to Surroundings Flowers

To enter to win: Post your answer below What will you miss most when your child leaves the nest?

This giveaway has ended but we’d still like to hear what you will miss most.

For an additional entry hit the click-to-win button. For another additional entry — Share it!  Eligible entries must include a posted answer to the question.  Giveaway ends Thursday morning, May 8,  8 am ET.

The winner is BookTrib member: ronnie