The Refeathered Nest: Not So Empty. Not Just Us!

As we near the end of National Family Caregivers Month, I’ve been thinking about the less obvious form of caregiving: the fact that so many of our kids return to their old twin (or larger)  beds in the family home, long after we’d imagined we’d have a nest empty enough to turn their old bedrooms into, say, a workout room. Ha.

Sure, my son Ben relies on us more than your neurotypical 30-year-old, because of the different life path affected by schizophrenia.  But my other children, too, rely on us a lot more than I did my own parents when I was in my twenties.  Financial help, washer-dryer privileges, family vacations.  But this seems to be the norm.

Are your kids back at home after college too? Here is why: (thanks to Hannah Peters, and

Just, sayin’ : we are far from alone!

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