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Embrace Change.  Connect, learn, explore, enjoy
and live with purpose.

Upcoming or current empty nesters may find it challenging to imagine or experience their life without children at home. Transitioning with Embrace Change provides opportunities for parents and caregivers to connect, design and redefine this new stage of life. From our interactive programming, parents will learn a fresh way of living that embraces and promotes the positive aspects of life as an empty nester. Members’ resources offer experiences to help parents expand their horizons, live with purpose and discover what comes next in this stage of life.

“Embrace Change” opened my eyes to the many wonderful aspects of this new phase of my life.  I left with a feeling of renewal, purpose, and a direction that I did not have before.  This program will change your outlook for the rest of your life. ~Susan H

Programs

To register for upcoming programs, simply send us a message through the contact page.  In the comment section, list the name of the program/s you will be attending.  If anyone will be attending with you, please include their name and contact information as well.

Fall Program Series 2017

Fall programming is all about parents embracing the transition period that they encounter as children leave the nest.  Parents will connect with others experiencing the same transition, explore what’s next, and have opportunities to design their personal path for this new stage of life.  It’s fun, interactive and full of dialogue and engaging activities.  Our fall programming includes visits from life coaches, career development experts, self-care and health-care professionals.  The series of programs is set up to promote a smooth transition.  We recommend that you attend the full series for the greatest personal benefit.  Program descriptions are listed below.  This program is free. Space is limited.

Sept. 13-Promoting Productive Communication with Adult Children
Teresa Simonelli PsyaD
When emerging young adults return home after being on their own for several months, communication between parent and child may change. Dr. Teresa Simonelli, will share how to open yourself up to changes and manage difficult emotions while communicating with your adult children. Program Note: Tea and pastries will be served from 1:00-1:30 p.m. to celebrate the beginning of the Embrace Change Fall Program Series.  Come and meet our team and get to know other attendees before our program begins.

Sept. 20-What’s Next? Finding Purpose
Deb Elbaum, MD, Career and Life Coach
Do you have new found time now that children have left home? Wondering what you might do next? Dr. Elbaum, will share methods that you can use to determine what is next for you and how to find your purpose and passion.

Sept. 27-Navigating Transitions with Self-Care
Charlotte Sahyoun, Yoga Therapeutics Specialist
Often, we equate self-care as self-indulgent, yet research is increasingly demonstrating that taking time for effective self-care, a couple minutes throughout the day helps create stress resilience, a more effective strategy than stress avoidance. Charlotte Sahyoun is a yoga therapeutics specialist with a focus on the intersection of yoga, psychology and neuroscience. She’ll focus on when and how we feel stress and on two-minute tools in which to tune-in to the body for creating emotional balance.

Oct. 4-Expanding Your Horizons:  Delving into New Activities and Careers
Come hear fascinating stories from those who have changed careers and explored new interests after their children left home.  We will discuss what methods worked for them, the changes they made and how their lives were affected. Their stories will surprise and energize you. We’ll share resources and tools to help you explore the many opportunities that lie ahead in your personal journey.

Oct. 11-Balancing College Students Needs with Your Own Personal Opportunities for Growth  Michelle Silbert, Career and Life Coach
As our children begin to leave the home, we as parents may reassess our personal satisfaction with how we spend our time, prioritize new and older projects, and open ourselves up to various new and ongoing curiosities, relationships, and/or learning opportunities. We may also be acknowledging the developmental challenges that await our college student. We’ll explore how to better balance this time of transition as our role shifts in support of their decision making and independence and creating our own opportunities for personal growth.

Oct.18-Ready, Set, Go!
Embrace Change Team
Our final program of the series brings everything together. We’ll celebrate fall with seasonal delights, discuss how to move forward when things don’t go as planned and set healthy boundaries. We’ll hear from Carolyn Bottum, who will share tips on how to care for aging parents while taking care of ones self and family.  Come enjoy this fun and interactive meeting.

Fall programs meet once a week for 6 weeks
When:  Wednesday, September 13 – October 18, 2017,  1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Program #1-3:  Lincoln Public Library,  3 Bedford Rd, Lincoln, MA  01773
Program #4-6 The Pierce House, 17 Weston Rd, Lincoln, MA 01773

Past Programs

Preparing for the Empty Nest: A Panel Conversation

Curious about what it might be like to be a new empty nester? Come find out from a panel of parents. You’ll learn how they prepared, tips that helped during the transition, what was unexpected, what worked, what didn’t work, and what their lives are like now without children at home.  This program is free. Space is limited.

Monday, May 22, 2017 
-Lincoln Library, 1:10-2:30 p.m.
3 Bedford Rd, Lincoln, MA  01773
Tarbell Room
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Program I    – Embrace Change.  Oct. 25, 2016  1:30-3:00 p.m.
Program II  –  Lean towards Joy.  Nov 1, 2016  1:30-3:00 p.m.
Program III – What’s Next?  Nov 15, 2016  1:30-3:00 p.m.

Who am I now?

What will life be like without children at home?

When children leave the nest, you may discover new-found time to pursue interests and opportunities that you had put on hold while raising your children. This is an exciting time to uncover the new you.