Empty Nest

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Empty-Nesting From Marlo Thomas

When her youngest child went off to college, my friend was hysterical. But, in time, her feelings of loss evaporated. Now she enjoys an empty nest's p...An empty nest does have its perks – freedom... and extra closet space!

SmackDown: Should Parents Give Gifts to Adult Children?

Mother and daughter battle it out. Is their presence present enough? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Unwrapping Never Gets Old ... E...
It's the thought that counts. Maybe.

Filmmaker Documents a Year of Saying Goodbye to His College-Bound Daughter

Doug Block and a young Lucy. Credit: Marjorie Silver
Like millions of parents, Doug Block armed himself with a camcorder to video tape his child's...
Like many parents, Doug Block videotaped the major (and minor) events of his daughter's life. But instead of watching the videos to reminisce, he created a documentary to help him say goodbye.
Bye, Bye Birdies: The Empty Nest

Snap Judgement: A Holiday Card Photo Dilemma

The author, third from left, and his clan win The Happiest Family photo contest in 1957. Credit: Davega Stores
My father was always taking picture...
Contemplating this year's Christmas card photo takes on a new, and sad, meaning.

8-Year-Old Painting Prodigy Racks Up $250K in Art Sales

PRODUCTION PLAYER! DO NOT DELETE. Proving that it's never too early to carve out a career niche, an 8-year-old painting prodigy is ...Proving that it's never too early to carve out a career niche, Autumn de Forest is making big bucks selling her canvasses to grownups.

Who Counts As Family? Some Americans Rank Same-Sex Partners Lower Than the Dog

Erick Sosa, left, and Mark Kibby enjoy a day of fun with their sons, Cole and Parker Sosa-Kibby. Credit: Dave Ouano Photography
Despite a growing ...
Unmarried same-sex couples with children, as well as married gay and lesbian couples with kids, are quickly gaining acceptance as families by Americans, according to a study released this month. But, when children are not involved, same-sex married partners rank lower than the family dog in the who is family, who is not category.
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Should I Keep Loaning Money to My Adult Daughter?

Dear AdviceMama, I've loaned $5,000 to my grown daughter (she's in her 40s). She has also borrowed money from her sister and stepmother in the la...You tell your teenager that the money tree in the backyard has stopped growing and they're on their own the next time their bank account nears zero. Then your teenager is hungry, and the money tree sprouts a new branch. And then your teenager turns 40. AdviceMama has just the answer for one mom who needs to cut her adult daughter off before there are no leaves left for herself.
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My 17-Year-Old Is Drifting Away! What Should I Do?

Dear AdviceMama: I have a 17-year-old daughter and I sometimes feel like we're drifting apart. We used to be close, but not so much now. Is this ju...It's been 17 years since the umbilical cord was cut for this mom, but she doesn't know how to handle her teen drifting away. AdviceMama's heard this one before and offers advice on how to adjust.

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