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Linda Wolff
Linda Wolff writes the lifestyle blog Carpool Goddess, where she blazes the trail from teen years to empty nest proving that midlife, motherhood and the empty nest aren’t so scary. (Click here for College 101 and Midlife Musings.)Her essays have been published in numerous anthologies, and is a frequent contributor on Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, What The Flicka, Mamapedia, and many more. You can find Linda on Facebook and Twitter when she's not meddling in her children's lives or online shopping.

Entries by Linda Wolff

Judge Judy's Empowering Advice For Women

(52) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 7:41 PM

I recently had the opportunity to hear Judge Judy speak at a women's event. I admit, I don't watch her show, which has been on air for 20 years, but I heard she is quite the character and a dynamic speaker, so I was eager to go. She did not...

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Why I'll Never Lie About My Age

(16) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 9:02 AM

I was at a dinner party recently, chatting up a small group of men and women, all of us around the same age, when someone made a joke about aging. My ears perked and I blurted that I had turned The Big 5-O.

They were stunned. Sadly, not for the...

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Looking For Love? Put Down Your Cell Phone

(2) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 2:34 PM

I was in a long line at Starbucks this morning, happily waiting to feed my coffee addiction, when I noticed almost everyone looking down at their smartphones. This reminded me of a conversation I had at dinner the other night with friends, about how hard it seems for many young...

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A Funny Post-Thanksgiving Poem

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 3:30 PM

The turkey was juicy
the wine did flow.
How I'll burn off all these calories,
I'll never know.

The cranberry sauce,
always my fave.
But it's the pumpkin pie,
that I always crave.

The stuffing looked weird,
I've never touched the stuff.

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The One New Year's Resolution I Really Need To Keep

(15) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 7:18 AM

The end of the year brings family gatherings, parties, and hopefully some reflection. Like many people at the end of the year, I write a list of New Year's Resolutions. This is something I look forward to every year and always with great enthusiasm. Often, this involves a lot of...

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Living Out Loud In My Second Half: I've Come A Long Way, Baby!

(10) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 9:36 AM

Learning to live out loud in my second half wasn't originally my goal, but it happened anyway.

I pretty much spent a lifetime fluffing the pillows in my cushy comfort zone. But all that changed four years ago when I took a chance as the empty nest began...

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Ladies Who Lunch

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 6:34 PM

Recently, I had lunch with a group of ladies I've known for years. We were celebrating our dear, eternally youthful friend's -- lean over now, I'll whisper it in your ear -- 59th birthday. She does not look a day over 40 which is something I do not hold against...

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15 Unmistakable Signs You've Hit Middle Age

(92) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 8:18 AM

Middle age is a tricky thing. Does it happen at 35 or is it 55? No one really knows for sure.

In the stone age, middle age truly would have been old age.

There are young people who act old. Old people who act young. Perhaps best not to judge...

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April Fool's Day: Is There Such a Thing As Going Too Far? I Think Not. (Just Kidding!)

(5) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 4:27 PM

How far is too far for an April Fool's Day joke? It's supposed to be a day filled with practical jokes and hoaxes and silliness. Until it's not.

Years ago, on April Fool's Day, I told my mom I was getting engaged to someone I had recently started dating. My...

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My New Year's Resolution? Talk On The Phone!

(17) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 7:11 AM

Years ago, if I misbehaved, missed a curfew, or brought home a less than ideal report card, privileges would be taken away. If I was really naughty (so hard to imagine!) I would be grounded. No TV, no friends on the weekend, nothing. Nada.

However, the worst punishment by far...

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How to Survive Spring Cleaning

(15) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:10 PM

I love spring. It's my favorite time of year. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, the days are longer and the promise of a lazy summer (I can dream, can't I?) is just around the corner.

All that sunshine and fresh air energizes me and puts me in...

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7 Great Tips For When Your College Kid Comes Home For The Holidays

(10) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 6:00 AM

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring, and Summer break are when many parents of college age offspring, look forward to their student coming home with hope, excitement and a little trepidation. You hope you don't say too much, ask too much, or commit the worse crime of all, give unsolicited advice.

It is...

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9 Things Only a Mother Could Say

(16) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 12:57 PM

My Mother's 81st birthday is coming up soon. In honor of her, I would like to share some of her "mommy" wisdom. Although we didn't always see eye to eye, her words are worth their weight in gold -- or at least a generous helping of her delicious...

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Aging Gracefully? Not On My Watch!

(11) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 10:52 AM

I recently had a birthday. No, it wasn't the big one. But, I'm getting so close I can almost feel its hot breath whispering in my ear. I am holding onto my 40s by a thread.

When the day comes that I do turn 50 -- I mean 49+1 --...

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Writer's Block: When Life Gets in the Way of Inspiration

(7) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 1:21 PM

Some mornings I can't wait to jump out of bed to write, even if it's just a Facebook or Twitter update. And some days, well, I feel I've lost touch with my writing mojo -- that spark to create something that excites me. I forget this is my playground that...

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5 Days Without Internet: A Blessing Or A Curse?

(62) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 6:31 AM

The five days I didn't have Internet access at home were painful and strangely wonderful -- just not at the same time. It all started one morning when I went to my desk, coffee in hand, as I always do, to start my day. A few clicks and nothing. No...

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21 Things I Learned From My Dad

(134) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 7:38 AM

Last weekend as I was helping my daughter pack to go back to college to begin her second year I couldn't help myself from going into mommy mode and giving parental advice. It's the same spiel I've been giving her and her brother for years, and though they know it...

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Dropping Your Child Off at College

(31) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 10:29 AM

Dropping your child off at college is one of the biggest milestones of your child's life and a parent's day of reckoning -- having to let your child go. It's a day filled with great anticipation, emotion, mixed feelings and, of course, stress. And it's your job to make sure...

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Do You Ever Let Your Child Win?

(18) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Growing up as the youngest of three, I was the last to learn how to ride a bike, roller skate (which I gave up altogether since I was so klutzy), play checkers, backgammon, KerPlunk and most other games. Although I loved playing with my older siblings and while sometimes they...

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Memories of a 'Daddy's Girl'

(14) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 1:36 PM

I think a lot about my dad at this time of year and I become very nostalgic. He had a way of making everyday feel special. If I were granted one holiday wish, it would be that my father were still alive, so he could meet his precious grandchildren. I...

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