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Ask Amy: Parents offer advice about emptying the nest

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I was in my late 20’s and, like the daughters of the “Not So Empty Nest Mom,” I continued to store my childhood possessions at home while living across the country.

Once when visiting home my mother came into my room, looked me straight in the eye, smiled, and said with deep concern: “You know your father and I love you very much. But whatever you leave behind on your next trip here will go into the trash. You should start looking into shipping what you want now.”

She then left the room.

Problem solved. I knew I had a deadline, and responded appropriately.

– Son of No Drama Mama

Dear Amy: We've been working on this with our kids for years.


Each time they visit us I make them take something back with them.

When we go to visit, I take something with me.

We’re whittling down the pile, a little at a time.

– Bob, in Racine Wisconsin


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