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When Your Daughter's Purple Hair Is Making Yours Gray

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 03.23.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My daughter has purple hair, colorful tattoos and teaches physical and mental health to her loyal clients. I have thin hair, gnarly age spots and tell jokes until people snort beer from their noses.

Why You Should Stop Comparing Others' Highlight Reels With Your Behind-The-Scenes

Joe Seldner | Posted 03.22.2015 | Fifty
Joe Seldner

Most parents with adult children seem reluctant to discuss - or admit - to their children's problems, even with close friends. I understand that. First - and for me foremost - I'm a private person and don't feel an Oprah or Maury Povich-like itch to reveal my personal reality show to the world.

Stretching Toward Light

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 03.09.2015 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

Facing a major illness when my children barely know me suspends me in time. The prospect of a future freezes me in terror, for fear of the unknown. But an illness with so many question marks also makes me terrified to stay stationary, desperate to move on to a safer place.

Saying Goodbye to My Adult Kids

The GypsyNesters | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

One would think I'd be used to goodbyes by now. Or that I've somehow figured out how to prepare for the letdown. After all, The Spawn are all finished with college and it's been over six years since we've had a full time, live-in offspring.

My Son Has One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in the World

The GypsyNesters | Posted 02.10.2015 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

The Boy has embarked on a new journey. He has accepted one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. He is now an Alaskan bush pilot (I suppose we should now call him "Captain The Boy").

What You Need To Hear If Your Grown Child Still Lives With You

Posted 02.06.2015 | Dr. Phil

Mike and Vicki say they want their 37-year-old son, Ryan, to move out of their garage, where he's been living with his girlfriend. Watch their sto...

What Your Grown Child Needs To Hear If He's Still Living With You

Posted 02.06.2015 | Dr. Phil

Ryan, 37, is living in his parents' garage with his girlfriend -- an arrangement that his parents say they want to end, so they turn to Dr. Phil for h...

'Our Son Was Making Millions But Now Is Living In Our Garage'

Posted 02.05.2015 | Dr. Phil

Ryan, 37, has been living in his parents' garage with his 24-year-old girlfriend for the last few months -- and his parents say it's time for that arr...

Have We Coddled Our Kids Too Much?

Tammy Bleck | Posted 02.04.2015 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

We wanted to give our kids everything we didn't have. The big house, their own room, a car when they came of age, nice clothes, lavish Christmas presents and family vacations.

8 Signs Your Child Picked A Good Spouse

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sally Stich | Posted 01.16.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com “What does she see in him?” you ask yourself about your daughter’s husband who laughs like a hyena. “I tho...

Yours, Mine and Ours: Planning Stepfamily Finances

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Couples planning to blend families often have to make financial arrangements that respect previous relationships with ex-spouses and their families. Issues range from childcare and eldercare to potentially complex matters. That's why involving trained experts in stepfamily financial planning is a must.

There is No Spoon: A Pre-Christmas Story

Leighann Lord | Posted 02.17.2015 | Comedy
Leighann Lord

Here's the deal: I live in a two-family house with -- oh my god -- my family, and so when sharing a meal it's not uncommon for plates, pots, pans, and yes, silverware to circulate freely between kitchens. So my spoons weren't missing. They had just temporarily relocated.

Is Your Family Keeping a Secret?

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 02.07.2015 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

We tend to think of our children as reflections of ourselves. When something goes "wrong" with them, we feel that there's something "wrong" with us.

Cutting Family Ties: 5 Ways to Handle These Decisions When Children or Other Family Are Involved

Sherrie Campbell, PhD | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Sherrie Campbell, PhD

Making healthy choices for ourselves can be extremely painful. In many situations we may feel betrayed by those who are close to us who decide to stay connected to the family members we have chosen to cut ties with, who have hurt us so deeply.

The Day I Felt Sorry for My Parents' GPS System

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Joe stayed home with the kids, which included taking Peter, our 9-year-old, to a schoolmate's birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. I thought I was getting the better end of the deal until I had to fend for myself during the hour-long drive with Mom and Dad.

The Sound of Silence in The Empty Nest

Suzanne Stavert | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Suzanne Stavert

When the college students go off to school the dynamics in the household will obviously change, but the sounds of the family change as well.

What Are You Going to Do When He Grows Up?

Mardra Sikora | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

There are times he comes out to tell you "the man helped me." With the sink, with the paper towels, with the door. Never a concern on his face. Never a problem breathed.

Does Motherhood Ever Become Obsolete?

Mindy Trotta | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Mindy Trotta

I'm not quite sure who first used the metaphor "nest" to refer to one's home, but that wise soul was really spot on. We'd often come across nests poki...

Let It Go

Jim Joseph | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Jim Joseph

I let her move herself in this year so that she could move herself into her twenties. I let it go. I guess it's a function of embracing the next phase of my life. My kids don't physically need me as much anymore. I don't have to be "Dad" as much as I used to.

When You Empty Your Nest and Your Child Gets Lost

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

Parents are left trying to decide how much to help. Whether or not to back away. They often blame themselves. Or go through a period of time where they deeply question what they could have done.

'Enjoy Every Moment' Includes The Later Ones, Too

Emily Ballard | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

As parents, we're instructed to "enjoy every moment" and are constantly reminded that "it goes by so quickly." The implication is that once on the other side of parenting our children daily, we'll be aimless and a little bit empty.

A Different Kind of 'Kvelling'

Nancy L. Wolf | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Nancy L. Wolf

Kvelling gets a bit trickier as your kids get older. Especially if your kid happens not to be on the do-not-pass-go direct path from high school to early admission to the elite college of their choice, and then on to a top grad school or impressive first job.

How To Find The 'New' In Life Now That My Kids Are Grown

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 10.12.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

This will be the first September I won't have any children starting school since 1992. The memory of dropping off my daughter for her first day of pre-school, my 3 month old baby boy in my arms, is so vivid. Everything in my life was brand new -- my children, my home, my marriage, my minivan, my friends. There was so much to wonder about and plan for the future.

The Day I Realized My Child Had Finally Become An Adult

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

I look at my daughter's face and see barely a whisper of the little girl who once reached for me with chubby hands and a baby toothed grin -- her nails are manicured, her teeth are straight and white. Her face is now all cheekbones and eyeliner. The slumped, awkward adolescent has become a tall, confident adult who moves easily in the world without me.

My Teenage Daughter's In Israel, And I'm A Bundle Of Nerves

Deborah Gaines | Posted 09.10.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

My daughter is in Israel on Birthright this week, along with 3,500 other Jewish kids who thought it would be cool to get a free 10-day trip to a place where you can ride camels and swim in the Mediterranean Sea. They didn't plan to be the target of more than 400 Hamas-fired missiles, or to experience their first air raid sirens, or to run from the pool at their kibbutz hotel to a nearby bomb shelter as white contrails streaked the sky.