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Ask Amy: Mother-in-law triggers traumatic experience

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

I feel for them!

I have three sons, ages 19 to 23.

I am aching for an empty nest! My sons are all still at home.

They are all working, going to college, etc., but I don't see an end in sight.

I am so tired of picking up after them/reminding them of chores, etc.

Hubby and I just long for our freedom. GAWD!


– Don't See an End

Dear Don’t: I am a parent to five, and I have absolutely “been there.”

Here is hard-earned wisdom for you: If you don’t see an end in sight, your sons certainly won’t.

Those who are working should be paying (some) rent. (Some parents who charge rent choose to save it and then give the amount to the child when they move out.)


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