Always count the days with your kids

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, we officially have an empty nest. Our youngest walked the Hilltopper stage in June, and arrived at NMSU this past weekend. If I said it gets easier with each child, that would be a scandalous lie. Each time was hard for me and Monday there was no one to wake up or send off to school. Their dogs are still at home, but today, they had no boys to smooch until they were awake, receiving biscuits as their primary job duty.

Life changes with each and every year and this week, many parents will find eight-hour days a big change. Yes, many youth providers from the teen center, youth activity centers and libraries will exhale or reduce hours, as they go into different stages as compared to operating at full tilt.

Try to make this room this week for family dinners, and spend time talking about their day. Emotions may be high as some now have eight teachers a day or classes that require more effort. The next few weekends, decompress, relax and watch movies, reflect or find the school supplies still needed before shelves are full of Halloween candy.

I highly recommend no electronics during dinner, and phone and computers that charge in the kitchen overnight. If you think you don’t have an issue in that area, shut the wi-fi off before you go to bed and see what conversation results in the morning.

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