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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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home. "It was more claustrophobic than I would have thought," says Alexandra. "There was an unnecessary power struggle with me and my parents that only happened while we were under one roof." Some flashpoints that flare in newly (and often hastily) reconfigured household are kindled by mismatched expectations. "So many conflicts arise because parents and their adult children have vastly different ex- pectations for what the adult child's stay at home will look like. Everyone needs to be open and honest about what they need to make the situation work and check in regularly to make sure those needs are being met," says Christina Newberry, author of The Hands-on Guide to Surviving Adult Children Living at Home. But parents admit that those discussions can be difficult as they can bring up feelings of embarrassment and disappointment. "Our son feels shame in the fact that he is still at home. I worry about what the experience and length of time at home is doing to his self-esteem and C A R T O O N S T O C K . C O M 111 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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