The atmosphere can be simultaneously congenial and competitive, intimate and exclusionary. In a space the size of typical two-car garage, a variety of personality types are thrust together, forced to navigate an often-complicated jumble of events and emotions. And, if you were like I was years ago, you loved it.
Whether it's the first time their children are leaving, or time for them to return to a dorm room or off-campus apartment, the homes of these parents will suddenly be empty of stuff, of people, of noise, of activity. For some there's a sense of relief, while for others this is a heartbreaking and sad time.
Many parents have wondered whether their teen has an eating disorder and it's often not easy to tell. Eating disorders tend to develop gradually and the signs and symptoms are often vague. There's no telltale rash or fever and, the truth is, people with eating disorders can be quite sly and secretive -- which can be a hallmark of adolescence in general.