New chapter in a Chrishall mum's life

PUBLISHED: 11:02 12 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:12 12 September 2014

Glenys wrote 'Home Flown: The Laymamma's Guide to an Empty Nest' based on her experience of son Chris, left, leaving home

Glenys wrote 'Home Flown: The Laymamma's Guide to an Empty Nest' based on her experience of son Chris, left, leaving home

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When 18-year-old Chris Newton left his Chrishall home seven years ago, mother Glenys had no idea that some of her most testing parenting years lay ahead.

Casting around for books on the subject, the social worker turned story-teller found few – and so decided to write her own.

“Home Flown is based upon the things I wish I’d known when my son left home,” said the 49-year-old Brick Row resident.

“There’s this massive transition which nobody seems to talk about. I asked around and talked to lots of mums and everybody can relate.

“There’s a big hole when they go, you spend your whole lives with them and then they’re gone.

Children tend to ping-pong home though,” she added, thinking of her own son, Chris, 25, who has been travelling for seven years, “but still comes home with all his dirty washing.”

For the book Glenys interviewed a number of locals about their experience.

Home Flown: The Laymamma’s Guide to an Empty Nest can be bought at Harts Bookshop on Shire Hill or from hartsdirect.co.uk/book-shop.

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