Adult Children

5 months ago

How to Deal with Estranged Family During the Holidays

Family estrangement for women in their 60s is more common than you think. About 70 million people in the United States report experiencing estrangement from one or more family members. For some, estrangement is a choice due to self-preservation…

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6 months ago

The Joys – and Challenges – of My First Empty Nest Christmas

Christmas is in just a few weeks. My adult children, who finally, truly left the nest this year, were not happy when I told them about the Christmas I am planning for this year when they come home for the holidays. “No tree,” I said. Arose a chorus of complaints…

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6 months ago

How to Divorce Your Adult Children and Restore Your Sanity

I am known for exposing the “elephant in the living room.” Those things everybody knows but nobody is talking about. Not every mother-daughter relationship reads like a Hallmark card, and our culture makes that a shameful secret to bear…

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8 months ago

I Am the Sum of My Choices – So Are My Adult Children and My Ex-Husband

With nearly a year under my belt of being a divorced 65-year-old, mother of four grown children, I have had time for reflection. The divorce was my choice. I sought and embraced it after years of apathy, contempt and hostility. I couldn’t change…

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8 months ago

Letting Go as a Mom of Grown Children: Is There Ever a Time When Detachment Is a Healthy Idea?

When I think of detachment, I think of a husband unlovingly detached from his wife, or a depressed mother who is detached and uninvolved with her child. In these contexts, detachment occurs in unhealthy relationships. Indeed, the ‘problem’…

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8 months ago

How to Create Healthy Boundaries, so Your Needs are Met

In our 60s, attending to our needs and improving our relationships is more important than ever before. Time is of the essence, but making the most of our time takes practice. One way to enrich our lives is by applying boundaries to accommodate…

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9 months ago

5 Ways to Tell if You Are Being Too Financially Generous with Your Adult Children

The U.S. economy expanded 1.6 percent in the first three months of 2021, compared with 1.1 percent in the final quarter of 2020. The economy shook off some of the lingering effects of the pandemic as consumers started spending again…

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11 months ago

Financial Umbilical Cord or Lifeline? 7 Discernment Tips for Assisting Adult Children

We are a blended family with four children. It was far from easy to deal with financial decisions as they grew up. Now ensconced in their adult lives, it continues to be challenging to discern if, when, and how to financially walk alongside them…

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11 months ago

Get Your Own House Back! Stop Being a Repository for Other People’s Stuff! (VIDEO)

If there is one thing we all noticed a little more of during the Covid lockdown, it was the amount of clutter we had accumulated and the impact it can have on how we feel in our own homes. Perhaps for the first time, you clearly felt the impact…

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12 months ago

How we Hosted “Camp Grandma & Grandpa” During the Pandemic

The best benefit of “Camp Grandma & Grandpa” for us during last summer’s pandemic peak was precious time with our grandsons and their parents. We never shared this many weeks together with them since their own childhood… and they probably…

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