Celebrating being an accidental mom and raising your sister’s child is a lot to think about. This week I watched in awe as two of my closest friends celebrated a major transition with their sisters’ children. Each family situation was similar, but different. One lived in Florida. One lived in Ontario. One was the...Continue reading
Empty Nest & College Acceptance Letters: Here are 3 Great Tips!
Moms, how are you feeling about your kid going to college next year? There is a flurry of college acceptance letters making their way to mailboxes around the country! What are you thinking when you see them in there? Like you, I actually see the letters in the mailbox. I’m the one who gets...Continue reading
When parents die young and how I coped
Outliving your parents isn’t normal for most people my age. It’s one thing if everyone lives to a ripe old age, but quite another with when your parents die young. Sometimes life just doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to go. I got the “life’s not fair” memo long ago. Loud and clear. When it...Continue reading
Time flies when your kid turns 21
Friends…time flies. I remember hearing my parents and grandparents say this over and over throughout my childhood. And then…I had my own kids and my firstborn turned 21. In. A. Blink. The passage of time and my own impending empty nest became something I also experienced at breakneck speed. I live in Canada. The...Continue reading
Top 3 reasons to celebrate when kids go to college
Will you celebrate when your kids leave for college or university? You may or may not have an empty nest yet, but there are still reasons to be joyful when at least one of your chicadees takes flight and is on their way to a post-secondary education. Let’s turn things upside down, shall we?...Continue reading
Are they ready for university? Fundamental life lessons from a midlife mom
August and September mean university. College. Kids leaving the nest. I panicked, even though I had another son who had already left for university. Even though I had lots of lead time. Even though I had been through it before. Even though I thought I was prepared. While we were driving our super full mini-van on the...Continue reading
University and kids: Is the glass half empty or half full when they leave the nest?
I remember the day I left for university like it was yesterday. I was so excited to start the next phase of my life in university. I wasn’t thinking at all about my mom’s empty nest. I was a fresh 18 years old and was off to West Chester University in Pennsylvania. I couldn’t...Continue reading