My first thought as I looked at our table was, “Well, this is very Modern Family”. The widow with the divorced guy and four daughters between them, some with significant others, one being same-sex.
Every parent does it. We actively (and often aggressively) teach our children life lessons –the ins and outs, the rights and wrongs, the dos and don’ts…
I believe a parent feels it in their soul when their child is in the wrong place. Staying or leaving, you need to make the choice that is right for your family. Drown out all the other noise.
I don’t see 18 when I watch her sleep. I see the tiny spiral her hair still makes at the top of her forehead. I see the dimple that miraculously never disappeared behind her left shoulder.
I grew up knowing I was adopted. I accidentally found out at a very young age. I can remember seeing my original birth certificate on our…
Jeff Bezos owes me a thank you note. Yes, the art of handwritten thank you notes may be almost extinct but given the number of orders I placed early in my empty nest period, It seems that the kids need something every day that they forgot at home.
The plan for my ulterior motive of spending time with him, in my territory–the kitchen–was hatched: Cooking with Mom 101.
I don’t just have an empty nest, I have a solo empty nest. That was what faced me that morning. In five days I would not be waking up to a quiet house, I would be waking up to a silent house.
In-laws are the source of many jokes and can be the cause of great stress in a marriage. What if we thought about it differently and found reasons to love our parent-in-law as much as we love our own parents?
I can remember times where utilities in the house would be turned off, non-stop bill collectors calling, and even some showing up at our house.