My holiday traditions drive my kids away

Dear Amy: Before the pandemic, I hosted a small group of international students in my house for breaks.

Amy Dickinson

My kids, who are in college out of state, were upset with me, saying I should tell them strangers would be home so they could make other plans.

Their argument is that they come home to spend time with me and not with people they don’t know. They feel that this is the time for them to catch up on their hair and bring it down.

What’s your opinion?

The program I volunteered to do this with has started again and has reached out to me.

I enjoy being a substitute for students who are very far from their families, but I don’t want to isolate my children.

empty nest


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