Karen Dybis

Multigenerational housing has become both a blast from the past and a forward-thinking trend thanks to the invention of the "granny pod," a free-standing home for grandparents that goes in the backyard. But before you ask the in-laws to move in, here's a look at the perks—and potential drawbacks—for parents.
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I left my dream job to go on maternity leave when my son was born. It became the most isolating and lonely period of my life. But these are the things that helped me pull through and realize how much I really needed this time with my newborn.