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A Hundred Pairs of Socks

Srilatha Rajagopal | Posted 04.18.2016 | College
Srilatha Rajagopal

The winter of 2008, we got the letter that my daughter, my first born, was accepted into the University of Michigan, three and a half hours away from ...

What 3,000 Miles Feels Like

Lauren DePino | Posted 10.13.2015 | Women
Lauren DePino

Exactly one month ago, I boarded a one-way flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. It was overbooked. When I waited at the gate, an airline attendant offered me a $500 voucher to not take the flight. I considered it. I've never left home in my life.

Recurring Dream Changed My Waking Life

Sari Sheehan | Posted 09.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Sari Sheehan

The most significant was a recurring dream that spanned 12 years. The tiger dream started when I was 6 years old and concluded just before I turned 18. This dream had such an impact on my life that it propelled me forward in a way I could only have imagined.

When the Second Child Leaves Home (for the First Time)

Elaine Taylor-Klaus | Posted 09.13.2016 | Parents
Elaine Taylor-Klaus

My second child is heading off to a gap year program in a matter of days, and last night, (let's be serious -- in the wee hours of this morning), I cried. Not just cried. Boo-hooed. Sobbed. Wept. Lost it. Shed a river of tears.

What I Want My Daughter To Know As She Heads To College

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 09.03.2016 | Fifty
Rebecca Perkins

We face so many transitions in midlife and our children leaving the nest is one of them. It's bittersweet. We're excited for them as they embark on this next stage, I remember my excitement leaving home. We also dread the silence, the emptiness, yes, even the dirty washing.

Swedish Millennials Are a Bunch of Babies, Too

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.23.2016 | College
Van Winkle's

Disgust for everyone's favorite whipping-boy generation, Millennials, has finally gone international. Bitching and moaning about this age group's purported refusal to leave the family nest, among their many other sins, is fast approaching national passtime.

What I Always Meant to Say to My Young Adult Children

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 11.26.2014 | Women
Jennifer McGaha

My son was pursuing a degree a little like mine -- journalism with an emphasis in environmental issues. He wanted to educate people about climate change, to make people think and feel, to change the world, no less. He was, in fact, the man I had raised him to be. Still, I was sad.

10 Confessions To My College-Bound Child

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 10.04.2014 | Fifty
Alexandra Rosas

With only weeks until my firstborn child leaves for college, I struggled late into the night, taking notes on all the ground I wanted to cover before he left.

Autism Without Fear: Goodbye, New York. Hello... Green Bay, Wisconsin?

Michael John Carley | Posted 08.27.2014 | New York
Michael John Carley

My problem is that when not at work, I'm not so diplomatic. How's the act of a loud, blunt, albeit happy, Asperger New York City personality going to play in Green Bay, Wisconsin?

Anchoring the Corner

Alice Carey | Posted 04.01.2014 | New York
Alice Carey

I've lived on the same block in Greenwich Village nearly all my life and for a good part of it next door to Annie Leibowitz. So when the cat that anchored the front of the house disappeared, I knew something was up. It probably sensed Annie was selling up and left first.

Ode to the Elasticity of the Mother Heart

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 12.04.2013 | Parents
Miriam Mason Martineau

I didn't realize, until having my own daughter, just how incredibly elastic, how flexible my mother's heart had to be, to love so deeply and to let go so fully.

Never Throw a Frozen Turkey Out a Car Window, and Other Essential Tips for My College-Bound Daughter

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.05.2013 | Fifty
Linda Flanagan

In the end, so much of what we tell our kids takes on the character of elevator musak or a swarm of mosquitoes: annoying background noise that has to be ignored or squashed to make life tolerable.

Empty Nest, New Beginnings

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 08.30.2014 | Fifty
Bonni Brodnick

It was bad enough emptying the drawers of his antique bureau when he went off to college. In a fog of reminiscence I bagged his old Cub Scout necktie; a clip-on bow tie; a handful of yellow BBs for his air gun; several single socks; a beanie from Africa; never-used heat bulbs from our long-deceased Bearded Dragon Lizard; and a T-shirt with the date of a spring concert in middle school.

4 Things I Won't Miss When My Kids Leave Home

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 04.06.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

While out for a walk in my neighborhood this week, a mom I know, driving her well-used Suburban, called out to me. She has six children -- the youngest is in middle school, the oldest is several years out of college.

5 Things You'll Miss About Home When You Leave For College

Cassidy Hopkins | Posted 03.09.2013 | Teen
Cassidy Hopkins

If you haven't gone off to college yet and are just itching to leave home... well, I have to tell you, be careful what you wish for. There are a lot of things you might miss.

To My Daughter Who Is Starting College (In 16 Years)

Amy Wruble | Posted 02.26.2013 | Parents
Amy Wruble

To help calm my fears, I've drafted a letter full of sound parental wisdom that I plan to give my daughter when it's time for her to leave the nest.

How to Be Alone

Vanessa Willoughby | Posted 01.28.2013 | College
Vanessa Willoughby

STEP ONE: Remember that an empty house does not make your skin crawl. In fact, it makes you feel finally free.

Growing Up and Moving Out: My Move from the South to NYC

Lauren Taylor Shute | Posted 12.03.2012 | Women
Lauren Taylor Shute

I sat with my mother on my bed as the movie ended. We pretended that we weren't both heartbroken at the thought of her only daughter moving away from home and simply focused on how great I would look in my new trench coat traipsing around New York City à la Anne Hathaway.

'Will He Survive On His Own?'

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 10.21.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I was aware that there were vacuous black holes in my son's mental database, holes that I should have filled before he left. But he was done listening. For now.

Swimming Lessons

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

In the old-fashion parlance of the Talmud, a father is required to teach his son three things: The Torah, a trade and how to swim.

College: A Life of In-Betweens

Meghan McCullough | Posted 08.21.2012 | Teen
Meghan McCullough

Freshman year hit me like a freight truck. It was the hardest, scariest, best thing that has ever happened to me, and I wouldn't change one part of it.

My Daughter and I Set Sail

Lisa Solod | Posted 10.24.2011 | Parents
Lisa Solod

My daughter will be fine, I tell myself. She will be fine, she tells herself. And yet the ache of longing for both of us makes us, if only for a moment, wish to stay put in our safe harbor, to stand fast in the life we have made.

How Do You Treat Empty-Nest Depression?

World of Psychology | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Several mom friends of mine have lately come down with a bad case of "empty-nest depression" -- moms who just dropped off their youngest offspring to ...

One Less Egg to Fry

One For The Table | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
One For The Table

I had a rare glimpse into the gaping maw of my Empty Nest Future and lemme tell ya, it was bleak. I won't mince words. I walked around the house weeping.

34 Years

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Since I left home in Cuba, I have learned to value autonomy, to distrust the subsidies and all these "gifts" that they constantly throw in the faces of citizens.