I walked into Mrs. Martin’s kindergarten classroom with my daughter. Jenna wore a rust-colored shirt and a plaid skirt with a felt name-tag pinned to her chest. She was excited for her first day of school. I was eight months pregnant, and my toddler was tagging alongside. Mrs. Martin looked up at me and smiled, knowing I was dropping off my first child for her first day of school.
I turned the corner after saying goodbye, headed toward the car, and burst into tears. I had so many emotions. Fear. Sadness. Biggest-moments-of-life-feelings.
The ache of your child growing up, reaching milestones, and moving on to the next stage. Ache of a love so deep that it hurts, because it’s outside of yourself and you can’t grab hold of it.
I’ve felt that feeling several times since my firstborn went to kindergarten. How do you manage the struggle for eighteen years or more of letting go while holding on at the same time? How do deal with the changing family, lifestyle, and hormones as each child leaves home?
As a counselor and mom of four kids, ages teens to young adults, Brenda gives parents hope, humor, and faith-based strategies to meet the vast changes during the years of releasing your kids. This book is for all parents living life between the full house and the empty nest. Here’s what others are saying about “Fledge”:
“At Focus on the Family, we often hear from families who are watching their kids graduate from high school and transition from high school into the adult world. It can be a challening time for moms in particular. In Fledge, Brenda Yoder provides sensitive, biblical widsom for moms who want to launch their kids will.”
Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family
Releasing March 13, 2018
“How I wish this book was available before my child left the nest! Brenda Yoder has done a masterful job of describing decisions and strategies that will help you transition to a good place while you learn to let go of your children. The “Building Up and Letting Go” section in each chapter will give you questions to ponder and prayers for the journey. I highly recommend this book!”
Carol Kent, author of He Holds My Hand and When I Lay My Isaac Down
“In just a few short years, our children will be moving on to college. As parents, we really want to prepare them (and ourselves!) well. Fledge is exactly what our family needs: a Christ-centered perspective of the future, with the biblical tools to apporach the changes well. I’ll be recommending this book to all my friends in the same stages of life.
Jessie Clemence, author of I Could Use a Nap and a Million
Publisher’s Weekly has a few things to say about Fledge.
Published by Herald Press, Fledge: Launching Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind is available for preorders here and will release on March 13, 2018.
Watch an interview about both Fledge and Balance, Busyness and Not Doing It All below: