Feeling a bit pointless after the uni drop off? So did Madonna and Rob Lowe amongst others…… Read More “Empty nest syndrome” or What’s good enough for Madonna is good enough for me
I don’t know why we insist on New Year’s resolutions in January. Midwinter has to be the least inspirational time of year to do anything. We should move our New Year to September, when young people actually move on in one way or another, and the rest of us realise that well over half of… Read More September: You say goodbye and I say hello!
Summertime… and the living should be easy, but I fear that what we can actually expect will be invigorating but much less relaxing than Gershwin. Here is what’s likely to be going on in the mature family’s house this summer: Temperamental weather. Living in the British Isles, we talk the talk about barbecues and picnics,… Read More Summertime with adult children – chilling with challenges
Parenting is tough – as we learned this week. Mess up and the twitter mob will have you on the pillory!… Read More Harambe and Yamato Tanooka: suddenly everyone’s a parenting expert – or an expert parent
My son has just celebrated his 20th birthday. My son isn’t a teenager any more. There is a sub context there which is how bloody old that makes me, but more relevantly, how quickly he has become the fine young man he is now and how important the next decade is likely to be… Read More Advice to my 20 year old son
Hello Empty Nest – Hello new challenges! Your children, Edwina and Cuthbert, as we have lovingly named them, have now settled in at Readingham University, they have overcome first term flu, knuckled down to some work and may even have cooked a hot meal or two. In the meantime, after the initial spell of weepiness… Read More Enrolling in the University of the Empty Nest
Kids packed off to uni and suddenly the house seems a bit empty. Eerily quiet. And tidy. The initial thrill of the spotless interior gives way to a certain ennui. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little uncomplicated furry creature share that home with you? Or maybe a few years before this stage you… Read More It’s not just any dog….it’s an empty nester dog!