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When a teen "launches," it can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences that a family can have. However, more often than not it is a time of stress, anxiety, despair, and doubt...and that's just for the parents! The "family life cycle" phase of launching is a pivotal milestone for which most families need to prepare in advance. It redefines everyone's role including the teen to young adult, the parents to Empty Nesters, the siblings to new roles and functions. (They may now take out the garbage!)
Mike Fontana, LMFT, a Family Therapist and Coach with an office in Westport, Connecticut, has written a very helpful article on the need to establish a team of advisors to help teens determine options as they prepare to leave home.
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