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Staying connected with your children can be even more difficult when they grow up and leave the nest. Instead of letting the empty house get you down, throw your young adults a send-off party! Give gifts that symbolize freedom and responsibility—a basic cookbook, a box of detergent with rolls of quarters, or a key chain accessory with $20 for a cab ride home from a party. Showing your support helps make the transition into adulthood easier on everyone!

Sons and daughters also need to keep the lines of communication open to remain close with their parents. Encourage your children to check in at least once a week, whether it's with an e-mail update every Friday or a Sunday morning phone call.
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