Fall is in the air; we can see it in the colors. In Encinitas, that means beautiful red and orange sunsets. It reminds us that the holidays are just around the corner. While for many this brings the joy of good food and good times with family, for others it is a reminder of how broken their world is and it brings about feelings of loneliness and hurt. At Restore and Rebuild Ministries we strive to help individuals and families thrive. We recognize the need to come alongside people during difficult seasons.
Sometimes it’s the unexpected things that are the hardest to handle.
Most parents expect that once their children have been raised and are young adults, the family will smoothly transition into the “empty nest” stage. The kids will be living on their own — away at college, working, living with roommates, eventually getting married and starting families of their own — and the parents will enjoy some well-earned freedom, and everyone will live happily ever after.
Reality can come as a bit of a surprise.
The truth is that most families don’t move seamlessly from their youngest child’s graduation from high school straight into the empty nest. A recent analysis by the Pew Research Center found that in 2014, 32% of adults aged 18-32 were living in their parents’ home.