So maybe you're an empty nester for the first time, and maybe you're feeling a little nostalgic -- or maybe you're crying a river of tears that reaches from your living room to your kid's dorm. In the meantime, take a look at this list of 25 things that I haven't missed about being the parent of school-aged children.
I am old school. I got my first cell phone in 2003 and have not upgraded since. Seamus -- my very bright and inquisitive one-year-old -- is already very curious about my cell phone. But for now, and for the next few years, we are saying no to all the beeping, whizzing, vibrating, touch-screen gizmos.
I am well aware that many folks have mothers they truly don't want to emulate: those who were not nice ladies, who didn't have the energy or compassion to grandparent well, who couldn't find a way to age with grace. I pledge never again to say, 'I have turned into my mother' unless I make it very clear that I am, in fact, bragging.