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Sharon Greenthal is a blogger at Empty House, Full Mind. Sharon is the Adult Parenting Expert at About.com. A former stay-at-home mom, Sharon is now an empty-nester and lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband Peter and their perfect dog, Lambeau.

Entries by Sharon Greenthal

The Ups And Downs Of Aging

(7) Comments | Posted June 11, 2016 | 12:55 AM

It's time to put away my high heels for good.

For my own good, that is.

Only really old people fall down, or that's what I thought until recently. Remember that commercial where the old woman is lying on the floor and yells "I've fallen and I can't get up!"?...

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How To Let Children Become Adults

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 6:21 AM

There is nothing about parenting that is easy. From the first time they cry until the day they leave home, our kids grab us by our fingers, pull at our hair, push us away and yank us back to them, leaving us both energized and depleted. We think we know...

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Learning To Do Less

(11) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 12:59 AM

I started working when I was 14, and was never without a job until just before I got pregnant with my first child when, coincidentally, I was laid off. After 20 years as a stay-at-home mom, I didn't have that job anymore, so I began writing a blog and that...

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The Most Heartbreaking Experience Of Parenthood

(3) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 4:46 AM

For those of us who are parents, if we are lucky, something enormous will happen to each of us one day. Something as monumental and life-changing as when we brought home our first baby. Something that, when it happened to me, was the saddest, most heartbreaking experience of parenthood.
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4 coisas que você NÃO deveria fazer no Facebook

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 11:12 AM

O Facebook é uma rede SOCIAL. Social significa interativa. Tudo o que você posta no Facebook pode precipitar uma resposta dos seus amigos. Se depois de compartilhar alguma coisa você achar que seu post não é engraçado, inteligente, relevante ou interessante, pode simplesmente deletá-lo.

Eis o que não postar no...

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The Facebook Friend Dilemma

(10) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 7:01 AM

Being a liberal Jewish west coast living/east coast transplant, my social circles have, unfortunately, never been very diverse. Like most people, I tend to gather and keep friends who are, in one way or another, much like I am, whether it's because we share similar interests or similar values. Not...

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Why Smartphones Are Not Ruining Our Lives

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 4:11 AM

I feel a little badly for people who use their smartphones all the time. Not because they're missing out on "real life" and have devolved into non-communicative, self-absorbed animatrons, as has been bemoaned by media pundits, crunchy parents and out-of-touch grandparents everywhere, but because I completely understand the...

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Why I Mourn Most of All for Paris

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:07 PM

I mourn most of all for Paris.

It's not that I don't care about the people of Kenya, or Beirut, or Lebanon. Those passengers on the Russian jet -- including the 25 children, those poor children -- make me impossibly sad. Across the world, every day, people are victims of...

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I Was An Old Lady For 2 Weeks

(10) Comments | Posted October 31, 2015 | 10:08 PM

The first thing I noticed was some pain and a little rash. The pain grew more and more pervasive, moving from my waist to the entire side to my abdomen. After three days, I went to the doctor.

"I think I have spider bites, but they really hurt," I said.

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10 Gadgets Everyone Over 50 Could Use

(13) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 6:01 AM

I was having dinner with a group of people and one of my friends would, every so often, straighten herself up, as if she was startled. I didn't say anything, thinking perhaps she was having some back pain or indigestion -- but I was wrong. It wasn't the sashimi salad...

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10 New Fall Books That Should Be On Your Nightstand

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 6:35 AM

I can't wait to get my hands on all of these books! From the soul-soothing words of Brene Brown to the historical observations of Margo Jefferson, there's something here for everyone.

10 Great Fall Books to Read -- 2015

Rising Strong by...

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Why Midlife Women Need Friends More Than Ever

(15) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 5:05 AM

For women, friendships with other women are as important and life-sustaining -- if not more so -- than relationships with men.

From the beginning of our socialization, we are focused on finding other females to bond with in significant and ego-affirming ways. Who among us didn't have a best friend...

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6 Reasons To Enjoy Getting Older

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 6:10 AM

Right around 40, most of us start to feel old -- and it happens gradually. You start to notice that you're a little bit out of step with things -- you hear music you don't recognize or understand, you see young actors and actresses on the cover of magazines in...

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10 Of The Best Books Of Summer 2015

(21) Comments | Posted July 12, 2015 | 6:41 AM

So many books, so few hours at the beach! Get your summer reading on with these 10 great novels that will take you near and far, from the present to the past. Don't forget the sunscreen!

What books are you reading this summer?

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

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How Can I Change The World?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 1:59 PM

I can't stop thinking about this.

What can I do -- one person, one white woman who lives comfortably, rarely confronted by racial problems in my daily life? What do I know of prejudice, bias, hatred, violence, fear? I don't have to worry about my son being assaulted on the...

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Downsizing To Make Our Lives Bigger

(8) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 7:28 AM

Our house is sold, and we've bought another.

In the next few weeks I will pack, sort, store and toss 24 years of living. Fortunately I've always been good at purging, so much of the work has been done already.

But still.

There are baby toys that I've saved for...

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Caitlyn Jenner -- Living Like We All Should Post 50

(11) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 1:24 PM

Caitlyn Jenner looks incredible.

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Yes, she's been photoshopped and she's probably wearing a boatload of makeup, and Annie Leibovitz could make the Hunchback of Notre Dame look gorgeous. But...

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'Mad Men' and Memories We Didn't Know We Have

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:25 PM

Spoiler alert: If you have not watched the Sunday, May 10 episode of "Mad Men," "The Milk and Honey Route," don't read this post.

I have never felt as attached to the characters on a television show as I do to the cast of "Mad Men." Even before the series...

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Why Beautiful Women Should Be Beautiful

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 6:23 PM

We had a big week for glamorous women.

We all sighed and cheered when Princess Kate gave birth and looked beautiful as she carried her newborn girl from the hospital to the car to be taken to her country home to recuperate with her family. All the world loves a...

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Saying Farewell To Our Family Home After 24 Years

(6) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 7:20 AM

I know this place.

For 24 years we've lived here. I arrived, not quite 30-years-old with my one-year-old baby girl in my arms. I had fought moving to the suburbs for two years, but my husband was right -- it was a wonderful place to raise a family. So that's what we...

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