best transition ever: grandparenting
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with Natalie caine


Families Preparing for Their Child Off to College

In our parenting group, I suggested they write a LETTER to their child about what they appreciate about them and what they, the parents, learned from them. Of course, I passed around the softest Kleenex as parents wrote their notes to their children. I too had tears, even though my daughter is years beyond that
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Empty Nest is around the corner. Now is great joy that your child graduated. They are off to seek dreams and ways to give back. Give back.  That may surprise you at this time where you and your family have been through an unimaginable challenging time but giving back comes in a range of choices. 
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Empty Nest Is Around the Corner, Now What?

Parents have been calling about their children leaving in August, September or already on their way to college.  Yes, they knew this day would arrive. They are proud. They are also unexpectedly crying and feeling alone with a well of emotions. I remember the to-do list before dropping my child at college.  The parties to
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Re-Entering After Covid

Hugging those you missed and beginning to make plans for fun is bringing new vitality.  What clients have shared with me is they want to feel “normal life” again. They also feel vulnerable and are so sick of the uncertainty. We all know change in our lives keeps happening.  What helps you to step forward
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I Am Having A Hard Time With Goodbye

Parents are on the countdown to their children leaving for college. Covid has added a new layer of vulnerability to hugging your child goodbye for college.  Even though you have known they are leaving sometime, the closer it gets the more anxious some parents feel.  Who wouldn’t when you love them and just don’t know
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Am I Open?

Our world of Covid has shown us how businesses persevere to remain open. It got me thinking in what ways am I open and not open in my personal life. When have I quit too soon or when have I plowed ahead without pausing to see the wildflowers in the fields? When have I assumed
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We Always Have Beauty

Happy Fall, L’shana Tova, (May it be a good year ahead) These chrysalis were given to us as a gift.  They have been growing in the living room by the window. We chat with them daily, and this morning they emerged. So thankful we weren’t ASLEEP when they arrived. Hope. Beauty. Transformation. New Life.   WELCOME. 
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Attending College During Covid-19

You can imagine the empty nesters and soon to be empty nesters calling, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO about sending my kids to college?”  I believe universities, educators, physicians, are really trying to make it safe. STILL, this is your child’s life.  I don’t mean to sound dramatic and you probably already know it. 
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I Can’t Seem to Relax

With all the news, losses, and chaos of the unknown every day, we were talking about what is helping us day by day, during Covid. Cooking, music, gardening, bird songs from the window, night sky, Face Time, reading, painting, hiking, swimming, sharing, webinars, long walks, golf, road trip, are some of the ideas, but what
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I Count Myself “In”, But…

She gave me permission during this Covid time to share, changing her name. I’m always the one in the room who raises my hand to help, to say I’m in.  Well, since sheltering at home and living solo, I don’t want to raise my hand.  People don’t get how much self-talk of cheerleading I do
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What I Wasn’t Doing and Changed

During Covid-19, screen connections are joining us with new activities, work, friends, learning, and family.  In our group, each of us discovered what we weren’t doing well. LISTENING. We noticed we were taking for granted that we were actually good listeners.  Then the conversation deepened. We come to the screen time with pre-conceived ideas of
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Daily Routine During Covid

We had this discussion during our group gathering. One thing everyone said and is true for me, as well, is, they DON’T do same same but they include the activities during the day and evening that usually are the same, just not as a routine.  So, I thought I would list them for you.  Each
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Natalie Caine, M.A.