We are packing to take our 18-year-old son off to college at the end of this week. A small pile of 'Don't forget to pack!' items accumulating by the back door serves as a startling reminder that I have less than a week to tie up a few loose parenting ends.
You've finished arranging the toss pillows in your freshman's dorm room, so you tell her one last time to eat her vegetables and not to wear white after Labor Day before you issue a lipstick-y kiss goodbye. Then you curl up in the backseat while your spouse drives in silence and you ache. What to do after that day, after you've arrived back home?
I am having a hard time with the fact that my daughter is leaving very soon for college. She is my first and I feel like my heart is breaking. I can'...
My oldest son turned 15 in May. And sometimes I think to myself, "I'm too young to have a kid this age! Heck, I'm even too young to be a mother!" Whil...
I like the commercial where a little girl is sitting behind the wheel of a car, saying 'Bye Dad. I'll be okay.' Dad watches, carefully hands her the keys. Right before she drives off, we see that she's really 18. How time can fly. Now your almost legal child is going to college.
I was a teen mom. Although my daughter benefited from that in some ways - I was energetic, adventurous and we've always been really close - in other ...
I'm tired of women whining about their Empty Nest Syndrome, like it's a degenerative disease -- a time to mourn, fester in loneliness and abandonment. The fact is, I don't know any mother who hasn't completely embraced their empty nest eventually, and usually they do so by Thanksgiving.
A friend of mine told me not long ago that I was the "Dory" of my scuba diving tribe. Well, I have to say that is pretty accurate. I mean, I have been known to get so excited that I try to descend with a snorkel in my mouth instead of a regulator, and I've been known to forget putting on my fins.
For the past five years as a writer, editor and conference organizer I have been talking about, thinking about, and having disagreements about what 'midlife' is.
You stand at the curb in front of a dorm at AnyPlace College and watch your youngest child, with attendant duffle bag, disappear inside. Your spouse of at least 18 years hovers next to you, and suddenly this merger you created lo those many years ago, is no longer necessary. It's a choice.
Flight 146 from Zurich to New Delhi is late taking off, later than it's been over the past week. Normally I wouldn't care whether the A333 is a few minutes late, but this one carries my daughter freshly off her college degree, towards New Delhi for a month of backpacking through India with her boyfriend.
My daughter graduated high school last week. By late August, she’ll be on her way to college, and, since she’s the younger of our two, I&...
As we get older, freshening up our living space is energizing, but it also becomes important to look at our home as either something that is dragging us down, or something that supports changing needs.
The highest pair of heels I ever bought lie redundant in my wardrobe. Barely worn they are as new except for the veil of cobweb laced with dust which shrouds them.
That got me thinking. What are the basic life skills should we be teaching our kids before they leave the nest? What should they know? Here are a few.
If you think freshman drop off was hard, think again. All those Bed, Bath & Beyond runs and pillow fluffing were child's play. That's right, the big shebang isn't at drop off, it comes later. At least four years later.