Brooke Shields Opens Up About Persistent Parenting Worries as Daughters Leave for College

Brooke Shields, 58, prepares for an empty nest as her daughters, Rowan, 20, and Grier, 18, leave for college. Despite her daughters' growing independence, Shields reveals she still worries about them and doesn't feel relieved.

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Brooke Shields Opens Up About Persistent Parenting Worries as Daughters Leave for College

Brooke Shields Opens Up About Persistent Parenting Worries as Daughters Leave for College

Hollywood actress Brooke Shields, 58, is preparing to become an empty nester as her two daughters, Rowan, 20, and Grier, 18, leave for college. Despite her daughters growing up and becoming independent, Shields reveals that she still worries about them and doesn't feel never relieved.

In an interview with People magazine, Shields shared, "You get on vacation and all you do is think about where they are and what they're doing. It's like there's really no relief." She explained that with each new stage of her daughters' lives, a new set of worries emerges.

Shields emphasized that even though her daughters are entering adulthood, she still doesn't feel like she can ease up on the worrying and mental load that comes with being a parent. "What is the expression? Wearing your heart on your sleeve? This is like a hard suit. A whole body suit of a heart," she described.

Come September, when Grier heads off to college, Shields and her husband, Chris Henchy, 60, will find themselves with an empty house. Although Shields initially looked forward to this prospect, she now feels off-kilter. "The thought of no longer living 24/7 in the house with these people that I've raised, it's just very foreign...it's like going to a totally foreign territory," she admitted.

Shields also acknowledged that it's been an adjustment to watch her daughters become independent young women. "I said to my daughter, I'm like, 'I have to get introduced to you. Because I only know you as doing what I say you should do. And you're not a baby anymore. And I need a little bit of time to re-acclimate to you as the young woman,'" she shared.

Despite the impending empty nest, Shields and her daughters still share close bonding moments. "My younger daughter just turned 18. You know, the minute my husband is on any type of work trip or gone or something, you know, they still sleep in the bed with me. We still watch rom-coms. They're my babies and they will never not be," she revealed.

As Rowan and Grier embark on their college journeys, Brooke Shields candidly shares the persistent worries and adjustments that come with parenting adult children. While an empty house awaits, the actress emphasizes the unbreakable bond she shares with her daughters, highlighting that a mother's love and concern know no bounds.

Key Takeaways

  • Brooke Shields, 58, is preparing for an empty nest as her daughters leave for college.
  • She reveals she still worries about her daughters and never feels relieved.
  • New stages of life bring new worries as a parent, Shields emphasizes.
  • Shields feels off-kilter about her daughters' independence and empty nest.
  • Despite changes, Shields cherishes her close bond with her daughters.