When Boomerang Kids Land in Your Empty Nest

How your marriage can survive their return home

After college graduation, my daughter lived at home for nine months, working part time and trying to launch her career. The job search was stressful for both of us. How long would it take to land a job in TV news? What was the backup plan if she couldn’t find anything in that field?

Added to that disruption was our no-longer empty nest. Living with five roommates for four years, our daughter had developed definite preferences in everything. Suddenly my lifestyle was under scrutiny by her, from how often I ran the dishwasher to my cooking.

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