How to Talk to Your Grown Kids

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest It’s a fact of life as a parent that while you’re raising your children, you do an enormous amount of talking to them. When they’re babies, it’s considered a mistake...more

Fix Yourself, Not Your Children

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest Everyone has something. No matter how well-adjusted, mature, guilt-free, positive, ...more

Online Shopping for Women Over 50 Who Aren’t Skinny

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest This is definitely not a topic I usually write about. I write about being over 50, yes, and I have written about body image issues and the perils of menopause and its effect on my body – but I am not a fashion blogger, fashionista, fashion plate or any other fashion-type person, though I do love a great handbag or beautiful, comfortable pair of shoes. I like fashion – or I should say I love fashion – but because...more

How to Help Your Kids as You Become an Empty Nester

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest Our...more

Get Ready for Boomerang Kids With InsureU

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest This post is sponsored by NAIC Fortunately for my family’s peace of mind, we have not had either of our adult children boomerang home for any long stretch of time. As someone who was looking forward to empty-nesting – even as I was dreading my children leaving home for good – the idea of my grown kids returning to live in their childhood bedrooms (we had no basement) was not something I ever wanted to have happen to us – my children or my husband and me. ...more

Love Always, Me

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest It started around the age of eleven, when I was a 7th grader in search of my place in the social hierarchy. ...more

What I Love About Midlife Marriage

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest You can take your impatient, can’t-wait-another-minute sex...more

Topics Parents Must Discuss With Young Adult Kids

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest I am on vacation, so as I do from time to time I am sharing one of my articles from my Parenting Young Adults column on About.com. I’ll be back on October 4 with a new post. Thanks for reading! ...more

The Memory of My Memory

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest “Where are my keys?” “Where are my glasses?” “Where is my wallet?” These are questions my mother asks nearly every time I see her. When I was young and smart, with a brain that wasn’t yet filled with so much nonsense that I couldn’t remember my own phone number, I would grow impatient with my mother’s addled wanderings around my house as she would search for what she didn’t know was missing. Inevitably, she left something behind ....more

The Big Dilemma for Parents of Young Adults and College Kids

Empty House Full Mind - Observations from the midlife empty nest When you’re raising your children, you have a lot of ways to measure your success as a parent. On an almost-daily basis, parents get feedback about their growing children. Report cards tell us how hard they’re working and how well they do homework and take tests; coaches let us know when they’re performing at their peak or when they’re slacking off; teachers let us know, usually only if it’s a problem, about their behavior in the classroom; their friends’ parents tell us how well they play with others and how polite they are ....more
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