The path to independent adulthood is changing. Now it often must, and actually should, lead back to the family home after college. The good news for parents is that your graduate will achieve economic independence eventually. In the meantime, accept a basic fact of life: Given the realities of today's economy, your nest will not empty out right away.
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Steven Mintz, a professor of history at Columbia University, is the author of "Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood" and "Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life."