Tech Talk: Grown and Flown Helps Parents Navigate the World Beyond the Nest


I don’t usually write about blogs here at Tech Talk, but every once in a while, I stumble across one I really enjoy. My latest must-read, Grown and Flown, is geared for parents of teens and young adults — we survivors of the eye rolling and glares that can cause us to second guess the parenting decisions that make perfect sense to us.

It’s pretty easy to find advice and suggestions on raising small children, but when it comes to raising teens, things can get a little hairy — both literally and figuratively — leading many parents to ask “Am I the only one who….?” And this is where Grown and Flown comes in. Zooming in on the end of high school and beyond, the blog reaches out to the parents of kids who have one foot in high school and the other foot in the college pool. Informative, uplifting and validating, Grown and Flown not only acknowledges that “parenting never ends” in its tagline, it provides support for the last few laps of the race.

By Alton (self-made, own picture) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Alton (self-made, own picture) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“If you are thinking, worrying, or just pondering what it will be like when some or all of your kids call another place home (even if it is just their grimy dorm room) then this conversation is for you.”

In addition to its home page with blogs on a variety of topics, the website maintains two sections, “Going to College” and “What Parents Need to Know,” which combine expert advice with parenting wisdom on these two topics of particular interest to parents in its target readership, those of us with kids age 15 and up.

Grown and Flown has a presence on Facebook and Instagram as well, making it a great combination of advice and conversation. So the next time a conversation with your teen devolves into “you don’t know anything,” come join the rest of us who know both nothing and everything at the same time.

I’ll save you a seat.

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Copyright 2016 Lisa Hess


About Author

Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.


  1. Thank you so very much for this article. I can’t wait to begin delving into the articles that are posted on FB. I have a senior and junior in HS and an 8th grader not far behind them. My greatest fear is that I haven’t equipped them enough to fly the coop. I’m still prayerfully working on this, of course. The timing of this resource is perfect, thank God.

    • I’m so glad! I stumbled across it myself and have really enjoyed reading the posts and articles. Definitely more a gentle nudge from the nest approach, which I appreciate.

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