This Washington Post Perspective piece discusses issues I’ve written about before (A Parents Perspective On Nesting & Practical Considerations) but also questions the emotional aspects of nesting – for children and their parents.
“[N]esting could be an excuse by some to control and micromanage children’s reactions to the end of their parents’ marriage…[and] doesn’t allow newly divorced people to leave their past behind…”
Grief is a normal part of any separation and divorce – for children and their parents. Nesting to avoid grief merely delays – not avoids –
the inevitable and could be unintentionally emotionally confusing – for children and their parents.
Be realistic and use the nesting period to transition – yourself and the children – from an intact family, to nesting, to a separated family.