WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

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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able at home." This meant offering him no spending money and giving him errands and chores. "His job was to look for a job. We turned the screws just a tiny bit and it worked," she observed. Her son is now happily em- ployed and will be moving out soon. Unprompted, all of the young people inter- viewed for this article expressed the wish for a frank discussion prior to their return home. "I didn't have a firm plan. If I had to do it again, I would talk about a plan with my parents up front," says Alexandra Meredith. A preemptive talk can sooth jangled nerves and give a little clarity to what can feel like an open-ended proposition. "It's much harder when your kid comes home without a plan or without a job, and you're just wringing your hands because you can't make decisions for them," says E. But a well-thought-out timeline and financial program can offer navigation to families who are tiptoeing through a potential minefield. "Looking back in hindsight, my parents and I never had a dedicated conversation about me coming back to live at home. It just sort of happened. But I think for some families to have expectations set out at the start would be helpful so there are no surprises," says Michelle Mannheim. Geltman puts it this way: "There are many baby steps to a successful launch — just keep talking and keep the lines of communication open. You all want the same thing: for them to get out there and start the next, exciting phase of their life." 113 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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