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By Amanda Cleary Eastep “You have that look.” My eighteen-year-old daughter says this as we hold each other in an embrace that sighs, “Don’t leave home,” and responds, “I have to go.” Over the past weeks, she has taken to glancing sideways at me when we hug to make sure I’m not crying. I am on […]

By Amanda Cleary Eastep I never set out to be friends with my daughters. I was happy and grateful enough to be their mother. God forbid I would be the mom looking like I was trying to look like my daughters… (Ridiculous, right?) I was never interested in being BFFs with their BFFs or putting […]

If you browse the parenting bookshelves at a local bookstore or pull up the category at Amazon, you’ll see dozens of trusty manuals filled with black-and-white counsel about breastfeeding, sleep schedules, and toilet training. I find it telling that there are no comforting manuals with certain advice about how to launch your young adult, or […]

by Judy Allen The act of leaving the nest is a bit traumatic for everyone involved. I had the opportunity to observe the process in microcosm one summer when a Robin family built a nest between a light and a down spout on our back yard deck.  Baby birds emerged from pretty blue eggs, and we grew attached to our little bird […]