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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 perks -– freedom ... and extra closet space!
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An empty nest does have its perks – freedom... and extra closet space!

Baby Boomer Mothers Have Boomerang Children, Survey Finds

They depend on you now and they will depend on you later. Credit: Getty Images
Empty nest? Ha! Not so much.
Odds are, if you have grown children, you support them financially. At the very least, they considered you Mama Savings and...
Boomer children returning to the nest, but it may not be because of finances.

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 pictures. Still photos, movies, he had to have all the latest equipment. We were always being posed for...
Contemplating this year's Christmas card photo takes on a new, and sad, meaning.

Failure to Stay Launched: Boomerang Kids Moving Back Home

Finally launched: After returning home to her parent's roost, Andrea Melendez finally moved out when she got married. Pictured here with her husband, Ricardo, and son, Ricardo too! Credit: Courtesy of Andrea Melendez
You just unloaded the...
Don't redecorate your college-bound kid's bedroom just yet, studies show they may be home sooner than you expected. And for longer than you thought, too.

Divorce: Saying Good-Bye to the Kids and the Nest

The author's children, Nick and Emily. Credit: Jeremy Gerard
Tears come easily to me -- an airline commercial can do the trick -- but crying, of the loud, snot-gulping, bottomless despair sort, is rare. Yet that's what happened when I flipped...
This dad shares his experience saying goodbye to his college-bound kids and becoming a single parent.

A Room With A (Point Of) View

Does the grown-up Emily still have dibs on her room? Credit: Jeremy Gerard
Last time Emily came home from college, she busted me for stashing a few pairs of old jeans in the bottom drawer of her empty bureau. She smelled a coup in the offing....

Improve Your Marriage - Get the Kids to Move Out

According to new research coming out of the University of California, Berkeley, many couples find themselves happier after their kids leave home than they were before. I guess most people thought the opposite -- that when the kids move out, parents...

Father and son graduate law school together

When the time comes for a child to leave home and go out into the world, many parents find they don't quite know what to do with themselves. To ease the loneliness of an empty nest, some parents might get a dog, begin traveling more or sell the house...

Empty nest? Or just a new kind of nest?

When my brother was a college student, he didn't have much of a curfew while home on break. My mom knew his friends well and trusted him to get home safely. When I was 21, I finally asked my mom, "How come I still have to be home at 1 A.M. when I'm...

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