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Kids Leaving Home

Facing the Empty Nest: The Mother of a High School Senior Finally Cracks

Kate Scharff | Posted 04.29.2016 | Parents
Kate Scharff

Idyllic morning in DC. Azaleas in full flower. I sip coffee at the kitchen window, eying a robin as she builds her nest on a low branch outside. Her cheerful air of maternal anticipation is too much.

Letting Go

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 08.04.2015 | Parents
Laura Berman Fortgang

How do we make a transition to a new identity when we've held the current one so deeply that it is part of the fabric of our being? We have no choice but to move forward with the parts we can keep.

7 Tips for the Summer Before College Drop-off

Barbara Wasserman, LICSW | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Barbara Wasserman, LICSW

For years, fall has meant new beginnings. Now the new beginnings can be yours. Make a dream list. Write down one thing every day this summer that intrigues you, interests or excites you.

5 Things I Would Have Done Differently (If I'd Known How Fast My Son Would Grow Up)

Mary DiPalermo | Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty
Mary DiPalermo

After years of prepping, months of anxiety, and days of packing, we finally drove the 500 miles needed to drop our firstborn off at college. The car ride was long, and surprisingly quiet. Maybe it was my Fannie Flagg audiobook. (Really good!) Or maybe it was the alarm we all felt that one -- in our neat little family of five -- was about to flee the flock.

WATCH: How These Moms Embraced The Empty Nest

Posted 08.28.2013 | Fifty

As college campuses fill up once again at the start of a new academic year, parents across the country are facing something new -- an empty nest. D...

How My Daughter Drove Me To Early Stage Empty Nest Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

August marks the start of a painful time in the lives of some mid-lifers: The Empty Nest Syndrome. It's when our kids pack up and leave our homes for ...

'This Is Not Your Parents' Empty Nest'

Mary Quigley | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty
Mary Quigley

The great migration to college begins this week. Bed, Bath and Beyond has been sacked and the booty loaded in the car, so heavily weighted down that the back bumper practically scrapes the ground. Move-in day dawns, inevitably hot and humid, with all the 'stuff' needing to be carried up at least three flights of stairs. That's the easy part.

9 Things You Should Never Say To An Empty Nester

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 08.19.2013 | Fifty

There are just some things that are better left unsaid, especially when you're speaking to a new empty nester. A seemingly innocuous suggestion -- "wh...

The Terrible Thing That Happened While I Wasn't Looking

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 10.22.2011 | Parents
Lisa Earle McLeod

I couldn't be more excited for my daughter. She has a huge scholarship to a prestigious university, and I have full confidence that she's fully prepared to step into this new phase. So why do I feel like someone is ripping out my aorta?