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What Not to Do When Your Grown Children Visit

Srilatha Rajagopal | Posted 05.29.2016 | Parents
Srilatha Rajagopal

As much as they enjoy my cooking, they also kept telling me that they would rather spend time with me, maybe play some games or watch a movie without me falling asleep in the first ten minutes.

How To Cope With Your Teen's High School Graduation

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 05.15.2016 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

High school is a much bigger deal than some people realize-- until they're in the moment. High school graduation is the end of a lot of things, and the start of so many others. It's the end of your child's time in schools that you (the parent) know, that you have been a part of. It's the end of a time when you know their teachers and the place they go each day.

Moving On

Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd | Posted 04.19.2017 | Parents
Paula Kay Glass, BS, MEd

Boxes are packed and trucks are loaded. My youngest son is smiling from ear to ear, excitement and eagerness plastered across his mischievous grin as my heart is pulled in two. I've watched all morning as he, his father, brother and friend have made numerous trips up and down the stairs hauling box after box, pieces of furniture and clothes to load.

'I Believe My Son Is A Lazy, Entitled, 'Mooching', MIA Dad'

Dr. Phil Show | Rochelle Nelson | Posted 11.28.2016 | Entertainment

Toni and her husband, Ricky, say they recently kicked Toni's unemployed 31-year-old son, Justin, out of their home. "He's a moocher, he's entitled and...

5 Reason to be Happy Your Adult Children Moved Home (Temporarily)

Troy Stoneking | Posted 01.16.2017 | Parents
Troy Stoneking

After our oldest son moved out and his brother went to college my wife and I started getting used to empty nest syndrome. Unlike a lot of couples we l...

I Wish My Father Was Alive

Tom Morris | Posted 06.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tom Morris

I wish my father was alive. I lost him decades ago, when he was only about six years older than I am now. As Father's Day approaches later this month,...

The 6 Secrets Of Communicating With Grown Children

Next Avenue | Elizabeth Fishel and Jeffrey Arnett | Posted 06.04.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Elizabeth Fishel and Jeffrey Arnett Whether technology is a blessing, a curse or a mix of both, it’s surely the ne...

How I'm Learning To Be 'Mother' After 24 Years As A Mom

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 05.17.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

Each time I think I've got a handle on this evolution of parenting, this transition in my role within my children's lives, and my new place in the world, I find another stumbling block; I catch myself swatting at imaginary boogie monsters.

The Weekend I Talked -- And the Kids Listened

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.14.2014 | Fifty
Barbara Falconer Newhall

You know your kids have turned into grown-ups when they listen to your advice. Mind you, I don't mean take your advice. I mean listen -- gently and kindly -- as you talk away about how you did things when you were their age. Or how you did things last week.

Empty Nest Redux: Saying Goodbye to the Family Home

Sheryl Kraft | Posted 09.11.2013 | Fifty
Sheryl Kraft

My boys came over last night for one last dinner in our dining room. One last chance to look around, breathe in the sweet unexplainable scent that hovers in the air and belongs uniquely to our home, this home which my two boys entered as children and are leaving as men.

Moving Memories

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Parents
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

It was the house in which my oldest son took his first steps, the house in which we brought home from the hospital two more newborn baby boys, and in which we celebrated all of their accomplishments and milestones.

Why I Want A Baby Post 50

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 05.01.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

Despite all of the hard work, the stinky, slimy, exhausted-ness of having a baby, there are times when I miss it so much it's as if something is pulling on my uterus, some external force telling me I NEED a baby.

9 Great Midlife Posts We Read In 2012

Grown And Flown | Posted 03.03.2013 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

The single best thing about our first year blogging has been expanding our world with all of the amazing writers we have met. The second best thing is reading their work. In that spirit we have gathered some of the best reading we found in 2012.

What I Learned On A Weekend Getaway

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 12.31.2012 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

It is a familiar beauty, this road to the beach; we have taken it before. There were summer family vacations here. There were getaways like this one; weekends without the kids. But this is the first time that we cross this bridge in our fifth decade.

The Mother Of All Storms

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Lois Alter Mark

One of the biggest storms in history is hitting the East Coast, my children are in the middle of it and I'm 3,000 miles away from them. This bothers me way more than it bothers them.

I Am Learning to Be a Parent of Grown Children

Amy Ruhlin | Posted 11.28.2012 | Fifty
Amy Ruhlin

I am slowly learning that the skills required for being a parent of grown children are quite different from those required to parent younger children. The early days seem easy now. These days require more: listen closely, practice restraint... not my strong suit.

How We Filled Our Empty Nest

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I clicked on a website. "Hey," I sat up straight. "Take a look at this." He glanced over, and then his eyes caught. I nodded. He moved closer. "What do you think?" My voice was quiet.

Permanent Parenthood, Whether We Like It or Not

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2012 | Fifty
Jane Adams Ph.D.

Two and a half million of us are fully responsible for our grandchildren. It's a far cry from the way many of us expected life to be by now -- carefree, independent and dropping postcards en route.