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Are your kids about to leave home?

Or maybe they’ve already left for college, university, a year abroad, a few years in an ashram…

And maybe you’re wondering, “So…what’s next for me?”

That’s where we come in.

On AftertheKidsLeave.com, we show you that life in the empty nest can be a lot more full, and a lot more fun than you expect.

You’re still a parent, but your role is shifting. Your kids are still your kids, but they’re also young adults. They still need you, but in a different way. We talk about that here. And a whole lot more.

You’ll find…

As an added bonus feature, every Wednesday you’ll find the best damn advice column anywhere on the web: Awesome Advice Central kicks some serious butt in the advice department. And we’re not just saying that.

Who are we, anyway?

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Here we are, in all our glory.

Karen and Wendy are sisters who haven’t lived on the same continent for nearly 28 years. We have two husbands (one apiece) and a total of five children.

All our offspring have now officially flown the coop, which makes us eminently qualified to blather, opine, and ramble on the topics of life in the empty nest, what’s wrong with kids these days, and the merits of Geritol (not really—After the Kids Leave is a 100% Geritol-free zone).

What we’re doing here

Back in July 2012, Karen realized that the last of our grown children would be leaving home within just a few short weeks. She started grilling Wendy—an experienced empty-nester—for info: what is it really like to live in an empty nest? How did Wendy handle it? Did she need to buy shares in the Kleenex company? Would Karen really be forced to part with half her sock collection?

At some point, the two of us had an inspiration, fuelled by too much caffeine and too many Twitter chats: we should start a blog! We would write it together! We would be brilliant! (Okay, so two out of three ain’t bad.)

So here we are. And here you are. And while you’re here, why not sit down, have a coffee, and get to know us a bit better?

45 Comments

  1. So happy to connect with you on Twitter and now at your site. There is nothing like the bond between sisters… I have not lived in the same place as my two sisters for 18 years. I miss them to the ends of the earth – but when we get together, watch out world! The earth moves under our feet!

  2. Write more! You are so funny and entertaining! When my captain is gone, I so enjoy peeking into your life!

  3. “Rome and Carleton Place” indeed! (My mum was an Ottawa girl, so I get it.) Thanks for liking my post, it brought me to your own blog.

  4. Karen and Wendy – just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the “Seven Things About Me” Award. Here is the link to my nomination – http://thefurfiles.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/boobology-101/. Accept or not, it’s up to you. Either way, I thoroughly enjoy your letters to each other. You guys are awesome. And you make me feel normal. Ciao for now. :)

  5. Thanks for connecting with me via Twitter. I think I am in love with you. :-) I am looking forward to “hanging out” here. Love the idea! Now I am off to read your archives!

  6. My sister leaves Paris tomorrow. We have had an incredible time together. She’s a professional photographer, so you can only imagine the photos she’ll have to show. Check in a week or so when she loads them up. http://www.MicheleStapleton.com

  7. Congratulations!

    You have just received the So Sweet Blogger Award for being so AWESOME!

    Please check out my blog for details, post the award on your sidebar and spread the love to some of your favorite bloggers!

    gnosticbent.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/the-sweetest-award/

  8. What a fun concept. My sisters are both realtors and don’t really “get” why I spend so much time writing so I envy you this fun venture…(do I sound like a middle child?). I am. Wishing you a happy journey. I’ve been blogging for a little over a year and have loved it. Happy to have found you.

  9. Hi Barbara,
    I’m the youngest while Karen’s the eldest, so I had no choice! She basically threatened to steal my teddy bear if I didn’t join her on this adventure. Boy, am I ever glad I came along for the ride.
    I just read about your trip up to Alaska and look forward to seeing/reading how it goes from there. How lovely to share such a special journey with your daughter.
    Wendy

  10. HI, your comment on a blogger I follow has drawn me to your Blog and I like it very much. I guess we have something in common–I grew up in Hong Kong, studied and worked in London, and now I am living in Toronto, and surely I visit Ottawa once in a while. By the way, empty nester(s), avec my husband, too. What a clever idea you have to do this blog jointly! I’ll come back, and feel free to drop by mine.

    • Hi! I’d say we have a LOT in common! It’s cool how you found us as well – blogging is a great way to open doors and meet people.
      We are relatively new to this, but appreciate all the wonderful people we’ve met and read so far.
      We hope to see you again, do come by and visit and I know I’ll be over to yours for some delicious Chinese food!
      Wendy

  11. So glad to find you! You are very humorous and lovely and I am so happy to be here. Cheers! Cathy

  12. Karen, you and Wendy have some good stuff going on here, and I’m glad you found me and introduced yourselves. While I only have one sister — and can’t imagine her having time to join me in blogging! — I deeply appreciate the sisterly bond and know that no one can understand/appreciate you the way a sibling does.

  13. LOVE this! Made me laugh out loud! I wish you posted a picture of the lamp! ;)

    • It was basically a giant light bulb that flickered. And to be honest, very few pictures remain from that era in my life, known here as “the Dartmouth Years.” Seriously, it’s just as well.

      Glad we made you laugh, though, and hope we can do it again!

      Karen

  14. I AM amused! Having an intercultural marriage and a similar sense of humo(u)r to you, I am drawn in and can’t wait to read more! Thanks for sharing on Google+!

  15. Hello there! I have been quietly, but thoroughly, enjoying your blog. So, to share your blog with people who visit my blog, I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. I hope you can accept. Either way, you can read about it at http://tkmorin.wordpress.com/awards/ Thanks for keeping us entertained, at the very least! :)

  16. Thanks for the pingback on the Kingsmen and “Louie, Louie.” You two have an awesome blog; all best wishes for your continuing success!

  17. Hi Wendy and Karen,
    I’m posting one of those potentially annoying award posts (http://thegreenstudy.com/2013/06/20/the-awards-show-part-5/). Take it or leave it, but I wanted to list your blog among the nominees for this award, since I have enjoyed reading your posts. So congrats (and sorry!).
    Michelle

  18. Hi Karen and Wendy, Not sure if you’ve received this award already or even if you do awards, but because you’ve been encouraging to me, the fledgling blogger, I’ve nominated you for The Super Sweet Blogging Award at IntoMyWindow.com, July 1, 2013 post. :)

  19. I found your site through Bloppy Bloggers on Facebook and I had to share what we did after the kids left. We had to drop my youngest daughter off to college in August so the logical thing to do once she was settled was go to Disney World. We had a great time, just the two of us but we did have to stop at the college on the way home to say hi. I will say the house is quite quiet and empty now, except when the granddaughter comes to visit every few days.

  20. I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award! If you choose to participate, you can see the post here:
    http://wateringcanblog.com/2013/11/15/sunshine-and-laughter/
    I truly enjoy your blog, or I wouldn’t have nominated you! Thanks for bringing sunshine into my day!

    • That’s really sweet of you, Vickie! We’re so glad you enjoy the blog.

      Unfortunately, our editorial schedule (yes, we actually have one!) doesn’t permit us to participate in the “post/pass along the nomination” process, but we really do appreciate the thought.

      Take care,
      Karen and Wendy

  21. Thanks so much for following my blog. I love yours, even though my kids are a long way off leaving yet (suspect it will come around sooner than I think though!).

  22. I love your site, such a nice idea for two sisters to do this together! And, my kids are 16 & 18 so your info is perfect for me right now!

  23. Just found your blog — such fun! Will be following from NY. I’m a “little” older, but not ready for the rocking chair on the porch just yet. Off to your archives!

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