These days, we’re used to celebrating babies with professional photo shoots — usually for things like gender reveals, birth announcements, and first birthdays.
Yet, even though Vicky and Jeff Piper’s youngest child just moved to college, they decided to get in on the fun by staging their own “Empty Nest” photo shoot to honor the next stage of their parenting life!
In a viral Facebook post, the happy couple shared photos of themselves embracing an actual empty nest with a chalkboard sign that reads, “Empty Nest August 2018.”
Vicky Piper tells Babble it was all in good fun and reports the public’s response has been 100 percent positive.
“Parents are loving the idea of celebrating all their hard work in raising their kids,” says Piper. “As parents, our goal is to raise strong, independent kids that will contribute to society and be the change in the world. So when kids leave for college, it’s now their time to relax and enjoy each other.”
Piper says their 18-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter empathize with their parents’ lack of modern day photo ops, and appreciate their sense of humor.
“They love the photos and our spin on the occasion,” she says.
While their son plays football at Saginaw Valley University and their daughter studies abroad in Australia, the Pipers plan to take the time to date again, travel, and volunteer together.
When asked if she had any advice for parents dealing with their grown children flying the nest for the first time, Piper said to be patient as they begin life on their own — and to wait for them to call you first.
“Many times, parents call their college student and will be disappointed when they don’t have their full attention because they are in the middle of something, which will lead to insecure thoughts [like] ‘They don’t miss home or they don’t miss me,'” she says. “Which is the farthest thing from the truth.”
Instead, Piper suggests if parents wait for their kids to call them first, it’s likely to go much better.
“You will find you have their undivided attention as well as they most likely are prepared to share all the exciting things happening in their life,” she says.
Not only that, but judging from their pictures, we’d say a little sense of humor doesn’t hurt either.