Advice For Moms Who Have Recent College Grads

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

While it’s really hard to become an empty nester when your kids go college, it can also be difficult if they graduate and move back in without a job or any kind of direction. Below is my Love Essentially column that offers advice on how to talk to and deal with recent college grads, as well as how to motivate, inspire and soothe their anxiety.

7 Tips For Welcoming Your Millennial Back To The Nest by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press

College graduation is a huge milestone, not just for students but for parents, too. Think about it: For the past four years your child has worked very hard for his or her degree but could not have done it without your love, your support and of course, your money.

But what happens after the graduation party is over, when the cake is eaten, the cap and gown goes into storage and all of a sudden you are no longer an empty-nester, since your kid just moved back home? If I just described your situation, you are not alone. According to the Pew Research Center, living with a parent is the most common young adult living arrangement for the first time on record. In 2014, just over 32 percent of millennials were living in their parents.


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So what are some steps you can take to get your child off of the basement couch and into the workforce? (Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press.)

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Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph

Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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