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04/17/2014 11:22 am ET Updated Apr 17, 2014

Dealing With A Looming Empty Nest

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My kids are going to graduate from high school in a matter of weeks and in a matter of months, they will head off to college.

None of this comes as a surprise. I’ve known it intellectually pretty much since the day they were born. Knowing, as veteran-mom friends have warned, that “you’re really going to feel it when they are gone.” I’ve even written about my dawning realization of this next step of parenthood.

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