A view with a room

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 22, 2010 - 1:51 PM

A University of Minnesota professor's up-close-and-personal project shows empty nesters reclaiming kids' spaces - and what that says about all of their lives.

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tribsbeastDec. 22, 1011:31 PM

why? is this news?

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lola4795Dec. 23, 10 1:36 AM

Seriously? This is a story?

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spectatorDec. 23, 10 3:38 AM

Is this the Star Tribune or The Onion?

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lalahemDec. 23, 10 6:52 AM

This is one of those lifestyle pieces. I come from a very large family in the lower socioeconomic strata. When I moved out of my parent's house, my kid sister was moving her stuff into my room faster than I could get my stuff out. LOL. I may follow this project a bit. I wonder if the socioeconomic status of the subjects will be part of the study. I think it would be interesting to view the patterns evident in the way that people adjust to the life after kids and overlay the socioeconomic data.

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mitty13Dec. 23, 1010:44 AM

I care. Not.

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gopheraaaaDec. 23, 1011:07 AM

Another U of M professor wasting their time and OUR TAX DOLLARS

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jaimejjDec. 23, 1011:12 AM

there is more to the paper than just cold hard news facts. believe it or not, some people are interested in articles regarding family life and home. if you aren't, you don't have to read it! this paper doesn't belong to you alone!

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gvillegopherDec. 23, 1011:21 AM

For those of you complaining, this study could ultimately help parents cope with an extreme empty void feeling or mid-life crisis down the road. Plus if I am reading an article that I find not intersting after a few paragraphs, I just go to something else. I know it is a hard concept, but give it a try.

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liberal1969Dec. 23, 1012:34 PM

The part of the story that she completely misses is that many parents are making major changes to their homes and bringing Jack and Jill back, to split the expenses and give their kids a chance to build a life in this economy. I know LOTS of people who have done that, but FEW who are upgrading or remodeling anything on their houses right now. Instead, most of us are just trying to keep our homes. DUH

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liberal1969Dec. 23, 1012:36 PM

"...For those of you complaining, this study could ultimately help parents cope with an extreme empty void feeling or mid-life crisis down the road..." -- Well, I am the parent of two kids and when they left for school and work and life "out there" we had about a year to re-adjust our lives, and then we bought an RV and toured the U.S. for 4 years. Not kidding.

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