The empty nest isn’t

The empty nest isn’t

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I thought dropping my youngest off for her first year of college would feel a little like falling off a cliff, a jarring change in life both traumatic and inevitable. The downside would be an empty house filled with long delayed projects and no more excuses putting them off. The upside would be more free

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Family togetherness is “hygge”

Family togetherness is “hygge”

My family knows that I have recently become a little obsessed with hygge (pronounced HOO-gah). In case you haven’t heard, loosely translated hygge is the Danish concept of finding well-being and satisfaction through coziness and simple things. A more complete definition: “a holistic approach to deliberately creating intimacy, connection and warmth with ourselves and those

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What comes next?

What comes next?

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Part of the sadness that can accompany watching one’s children grow up, become more independent and leave home comes from the acute awareness that a familiar way of life is changing. For many parents, the realization that the job they have embraced with complete dedication for two decades is being cut to a part-time gig

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Still emptying the nest

Still emptying the nest

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When my daughter went off to college this fall, she joined her older brother in attaining “fledgling” status, leaving us with the proverbial empty nest. Though I’m awfully tired of that term, since it seems to be the only way my demographic is defined, it functions pretty well as a metaphor for how I’m adapting

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A peaceful, non-partisan Thanksgiving

A peaceful, non-partisan Thanksgiving

Holiday dinner conversations can get heated, especially if (when!) someone brings up politics. Are you concerned that there may be more than the usual turbulence alongside the turkey this Thanksgiving? We are, so we asked our staff, contributing writers and friends to share advice for keeping the peace. Everyone agreed that it’s a good idea

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Sibling relationships

Sibling relationships

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A child’s departure for college is not only a big adjustment for parents; it means big changes for younger siblings as well. When my oldest son left for college, I wondered how that would affect his two younger brothers and the relationship they had with each other. Like most mothers, it is extremely important to

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“How does your student like college?”

“How does your student like college?”

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When I am out and about in town I often overhear people whose kids have recently started college greet each other with, “How does [your child’s name here] like school?” The response generally is, “She LOVES it!” Now, I understand one might not be inclined to go into personal details while standing on line at the deli

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The send-off to college

The send-off to college

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Now that my older sons are upperclassmen, move-in day is a breeze. Evan, a sophomore, will fly by himself from Colorado to Massachusetts and travel lightly, having left most of his stuff in campus storage. Josh stayed on campus this summer to do research for his senior thesis. But I vividly remember getting ready for that first

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Graduation should be an Olympic event

Graduation should be an Olympic event

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Though the summer Olympics in Rio are still in full swing, the time to start training for next spring’s commencement season is now. If you celebrated a college or graduate school commencement this past year, congratulations both on your student’s achievement and to you for surviving it. If there’s a commencement on the horizon, knowing what

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For stepparents

For stepparents

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I want to allow for a little disclaimer and say that I am not a stepparent and don’t know what it’s like to walk in your shoes. I am divorced, however, and may one day be in the role of stepmom and my kids could one day have a stepmother. So, as I write this

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  • Great article. It reminded me to ask my high school senior about which of her preferred colleges have reached out about a regional event. We attended an event like this with our older daughter who was attending school far from home and it was very valuable.