They've graduated, but are they ready for what comes next?

In the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, Rob Lazebnik (former writer for "The Simpsons") offered a humorous guide for parents trying to re-integrate members of the "Most-Loved Generation" (Lazebnik's phrase) who are now returning from college.

Directed at parents who've served as their "kid's concierge," Lazebnik writes, "Now we’re deep into summer, and the logistical challenges of your grad really being home are sinking in."

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But the real challenge here is a problem of your own making. You see, these children are members of the Most-Loved Generation: They’ve grown up with their lives stage-managed by us, their college-acceptance-obsessed parents. Remember when Eva, at age 7, was obsessed with gymnastics…for exactly 10 months, which is why the TV in your guest room sits on top of a $2,500 pommel horse?
 

Now that they’re out of college, you realize what wasn’t included in that $240,000 education: classes in life skills and decision-making.

If you're a parent, what should you do? Read on to find out... 

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