Parents of Grown Offspring (POGO) offers constructive, supportive strategies for family issues.

 Barbara Greenleaf

Barbara Greenleaf

In the past two weeks I was honored to moderate “Women & Leadership” at Antioch University and serve as a panelist on “Breaking the Binaries” at UCSB. Both events were held in conjunction with National Women’s History Month. It was a great thrill to hear those who had risen to the top against great odds—including Santa Barbara’s first female police chief and a retired Army colonel—and those who will follow in their footsteps. Based on what I saw at both institutions, we’re in good hands with the women of tomorrow.
      And now, on to POGO... Nothing is as fraught for parents as the day they leave their child at college. A sense of loss and a sense of anxiety often coalesce for them into a perfect emotional storm. I spoke in depth with several mothers and one father to see how their children’s exit from childhood and entrance into young adulthood affected them personally. The result is Parenting the Young Adult: Empty Nest Syndrome.
      Most homes and businesses today are acquired with the help of families, but it’s not always a simple decision as to if and how far parents should go to help the younger generation realize their dream.  See how you would handle the situation in Hand Up or Hand Out?   
      To end on a light note, you might relate to The Mom Text. Of course, gobbledygook on our phones is certainly not confined to parents!


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