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Tips for Empty Nesters on Selling the Family Home

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyLast spring Cathy and Gary Chester put their ranch home in Morris County, N.J., on the market. Come August, the house is unsold and Cathy admits that she’s enjoying another summer in the home that the couple built 21 years ago. What saddens her is the prospect of closing a chapter in her life. “This is where — young, married, pregnant with my son — I started a new part of my life that ends when I sell the house,” …

Why More Generations Are Living Under One Roof

Posted on 07/21/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilySo much for the empty nest. For decades, older Americans have shared the same roof with their adult children. Since the recession, millennials started boomeranging home, and staying and staying, often into their early 30s. In 2012, in fact, a record 57 million Americans — or 18.1 percent of the nation’s population — lived in multigenerational family households. That’s double the number in 1980, according to a new Pew Research Center study. >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter The multigenerational …

Why Your College Grad Moved Back Home

Posted on 06/23/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyAt a party last weekend, I met a new college grad who had just moved back home. His plans: a camp counselor job this summer followed by a teaching assistant job come fall. Over the next year or so he plans to save money and figure out his future; maybe an M.S. in social work or a Ph.D. in psychology. He was looking forward to reconnecting with his parents after four years away. “It’s the last time I’ll live at …

Record 21.6 Million Young Adults Live With Parents

Posted on 08/1/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsPerhaps you thought that by your 50s and 60s you’d be relishing the peace and quiet of an empty nest. You might have been wrong. Boomerang kids are back, along with the kids who never left the nest. A record 21.6 million young adults ages 18 to 31 (36 percent of that age group) lived in their parents’ homes in 2012. That’s the highest share in 40 years, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew …

Imagine: No Empty Nest

Posted on 04/16/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & FamilyFelice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi she is an AARP contributor. Imagine a world without an empty nest? There’s a big change brewing that could really wreak havoc on our empty nesting cycle.  We’re talking about a change toward online learning. Imagine: your kid does not GO to college, he does college from the comfort …

From Empty to Crowded Nest

Posted on 06/15/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeAngelita has landed. Again. But this time, her target was my empty nest, and she’s arrived with a freshly printed college degree. Angelita, like my own daughter, is part of a growing number of adult children—dubbed “boomerang kids”—battling the recession by moving back home while scouring job boards for employment. I vividly recall the waves of emotion that flowed over me as she and I packed the final box before she left for college and new adventures. That night, as …