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A Different Kind of Family Travel

When my kids were younger and I was richer, we traveled – initially on their school vacations, and later whenever time, money and circumstances allowed. It was how we celebrated Christmas after the divorce, ignoring the Hallmark hoopla and getting away to the nearest warm water and weather I could afford. Once we all learned – Read More

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The Stranger in the Bedroom

Recent graduates back for a detour on the road to real life? Postparenting coach advises getting to know the people they’ve become, not the kids they used to be.

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There Is No Perfect Mom, Rosie

What’s a parent to do when a teenager makes bad choices – and she’s only a few days from becoming an adult? Take the safety net off and put it under instead of over her, this postparenting expert advises.

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They’re Back in College, But You’re Still Worried

  My postparent coach phone rings frequently after the holidays are over. The house  isrestored to order, and the kids, their clean laundry, and their second semester tuition check are back on campus. But their worried parents are unsettled by the strangers who just left. Sometimes it’s because they came home, dropped their bags, and – Read More

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I Just Can’t Quit You, Jeff

The disclaimer comes first. In Amazon’s early days, I had a regular gig reviewing mystery novels — it was like being a taster at the chocolate factory! Still, it wasn’t enough to convince me to invest in their stock, which could then be had for even less than my occasional $50 review checks. As a – Read More

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TRADING THE BUCKET LIST IN FOR THE F##K IT LIST

Everyone I know is downsizing. We still come home from our travels with souvenirs for the grandchildren, but nothing more to adorn, decorate or set off the too many things we already own. “Not one more thing for the Box,” declares Henry, which is where he puts the chotchkes his wife can’t keep herself from – Read More

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Filial Love by Fiat: Attention Must Be Paid!

  The news that China has had to officially remind its citizens to look after their elderly parents rippled across the tranquil watering holes of summer afternoons like pebbles tossed into a pond. While trying (or not) to let go of our grown kids and enjoy the responsibiity-free years between now and that distant country – Read More

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What Kind of Parents Were We?

“What have you been doing since graduation?” It’s the kind of question you hear from former classmates who still look vaguely familiar, even if you haven’t seen them in decades and have no idea who they are. No one at reunion replies “housewife” any longer, not even the elegant, bird-like alumnae from the thinning ranks – Read More

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Welcome to the Third Decade – Yours and Theirs

The Third Decade is a specific period  in the lifespan of two generations of adults, one in its third decade of living and the other in its third decade of parenting.  Conveniently tucked in between adolescence and adulthood for the millennials and Modern Maturity and Social Security for the boomers, social scientists disagree about whether – Read More

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Would You Tell Me About Your Grown Kids?

WOULD YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOU AND YOUR (GROWN) KIDS? If you have a 20 to 34 year old “emerging adult,” I’d like to hear from you for a new book about how you’re navigating this third decade with them.  Whether yours are already launched or still (or back) at home, chances are you’re still – Read More

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