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Insightful and irreverent, one baby boomer helps Generation X parents to find humor in the family situations boomerang children have caused and continue to cause. These situations include frustration, exasperation, carpal tunnel, early menopause, flatulence, and Prozac-induced stupor.

Millions of responsible postparental Gen Xers are cowering in confusion and despair, wondering who left the door unlocked when their adult children return home.

The Crowded Nest Syndrome deals with how one baby boomer grandmother:

  • Coped in chaotic conditions of crowded proportions for years
  • Moved out of state only to be followed and invaded...again
  • Watched $250 in groceries disappear in less than 24 hours
  • Gave up vacations for entertaining/raising full-time grandchildren.

"I'm frightened, Auntie Em," said Dorothy. Shaputis is right with you, Dorothy, braced against her door, hiding from the frat-house madness of her own home after the invasion of adult children. Where's that dumb Toto when you need him?

A humorous, off-beat infomercial, The Crowded Nest Syndrome will help countless Gen X parents who woke up one morning wondering what happened to their peaceful preretirement years of easy living and forewarn those whose offspring are still too young to vote.

©2004 Kathleen Shaputis (P)2015 Kathleen Shaputis

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Surviving the return of kids

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This audiobook is a warm and funny story of one woman's struggle to cope when adult children returned home. From the confusing press of chaotic living conditions; to sacrificing her vacation to entertain and raise grandchildren; to the frustration of being denied space to breathe, The book is an engaging look at a very real balancing issue in today's hectic world by every parent whose adult children are wanting to come back home.

This audiobook was provided at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlastcom


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No one warned me either!

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
Very nicely written and beautifully narrated. What a lovely sense of humor.
It is so true to life that I couldn't help but wonder if the authoress had somehow peered into my life. But I'm one of the lucky ones now. My children eventually left.
No one warned me either! Read or listen to the book and you will know exactly what I mean.

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Super Fun Listen!

Narration - Barbara Benjamin-Creel - Really Good
This book is pretty comical and Barbara read it with excellent comedic timing. I honestly felt like it was the author narrating the book, so great job!

The book is a hoot. It's a bit of a tongue in cheek look at life with the kids back in the house when you were just getting ready to kick back and enjoy life without all the chaos!

The author gives humorous tips for 'adult child' proofing your house to encourage their desire to once again take flight back out into the real world. But it's not just about adult children coming back home - she also has sections that deal with caring for an ailing parent and the additions of grandchildren back into the nest.

While it's not entirely a serious book, there are some legitimately good ideas and strategies presented in a delightfully humorous way. Really enjoyed it!

I received a copy of this audiobook free of charge from audibookblast in exchange for an unbiased review

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