Empty nest – exercise – pilates and finding a new love and focus… Read More Pilates -getting down to my essential matwork
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!
Thursday, 18th August is a crucial morning if you are a parent of an A-level student. Get yourself in panic-free mode to deal with any result.… Read More What to expect on A-level results day 2016
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
I guess I knew that there was ample chance that I would eat my smug empty nester blog words at some point, and this month it happened. My youngest, let’s call her Edwina again, has left her uni halfway through her first year and moved in back home. We made sure this wasn’t just a… Read More Your child at university – when it doesn’t go quite to plan
So how did this happen? – We stood forlorn in the empty nest only yesterday, it seems, got over it and wrote our empty-bucket list when suddenly – bang! The Boomerang Kid, or recent graduate is back home ‘just until they’ve found a job and somewhere to live’. Result: shoes and coats all over the house… Read More Come back Peter, come back Paul…how to survive life with your Boomerang Kid..
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!
I’ve done that very rare thing of following my own advice and met up with some lovely parents since uni drop-off day to catch up with how everyone has been getting on. An entirely different occasion happened to be my high school reunion (30th – ouch!). Not only have these been fun evenings out (and… Read More 10 Things I’ve learned since finding myself in an empty nest