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Empty Nest Syndrome

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It can be emotional when children leave home to start life on their own.  Parents are often saddened by the new arrangement but can also relish returning to life as they lived before children.  Host Don Marsh talks with guests this hour about coping with the empty nest.

We’ll also discuss what happens when kids boomerang back into the household for an extended stay.

Our guests include:

  • Rebecca Olson, an empty nester who is President/CEO of the Webster Groves/Shrewsbury/Rock Hill Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Ronald Scott, Psychologist; Consultant, Care and Counseling
  • Ehiamen (Ehi) Okoruwa, Faculty Initiatives Intern at the Office of Residential Life at Washington University, former resident assistant at Washington University

[Show Highlights]

On empty nesting...

Guest Rebecca Olson commented, “All of the sudden it was me, myself, and I; and the dog, who wasn’t a very good conversationalist.”  Further, “But once I got used to it I was unleashed. I got to do a lot of the things I put on the back burner while I was a single mom.”

On college...

Psychologist Ronald Scott said, “A child in college is not necessarily the same thing as a child who has left the nest.  It can just be your child who happens to be in college.”

On leaving the nest...

Recent graduate and former Omaha, Nebraska resident Ehi Okoruwa said, “I was really excited.  Nebraska is awesome but St. Louis is a lot better. It’s nice to be able to make your own schedule and go out and see the town, it’s things you can’t really do in Omaha.  So, I was really excited to be away for a little bit.”

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Alex is the executive producer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.
Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Don Marsh served as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air" from 2005 to 2019, bringing discussions of significant topics to listeners' ears at noon Monday through Friday. Don has been an active journalist for 58 years in print, radio and television. He has won 12 Regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting, and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013, and named “Media Person of the Year” by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. He has published three books: his most recent, “Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old,” “Flash Frames: Journey of a Journeyman Journalist” and “How to be Rude (Politely).” He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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