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Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Monday, January 13, 2014

Empty Nesters in the Rooms Their Kids Left Behind


Slate looks at the work of photographer Dona Schwartz, who has photographed parents in the rooms their adult children have abandoned:

Schwartz said it’s often clear how parents should prepare for the arrival of a new baby, the rules of how to treat the unoccupied room of an adult child are less concrete. “There's a sort of gray area between what you do with that room when you've gone from full-time parenting to whatever it is that comes next,” Schwartz said. “In some of the houses I went into, people didn't need space, so those rooms could stay intact. They'd close the door and pretty much not go into them. In other houses, there's more of a calculation: They need the space, but they want to preserve it to maintain the memories.”

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