10 Rules for Living I’ve Taught My Children

I’ve spent  24+ years being a parent, and if there’s anything I know for sure, it’s this: children learn what they live. You can talk until you’re blue in the face, but if you don’t act as you speak, your kids won’t take to heart the things that you say.

Among many others, here are 10 things I taught my now-grown children, guidelines that work for me and that I follow nearly all the time. It’s not easy figuring out grown-up life, but hopefully these things help them as often as possible.

On the Occasion of My 25th Wedding Anniversary

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I’m a terrible joke teller, but there’s one I think is pretty funny that goes something like this: I’ve been married for 25 years. It’s been the happiest 6 months of my life. Like most good jokes, there’s a little bit of truth to that statement. Much of marriage isn’t simply about being happy,  just like after…

Hot Flashes? Replenish May Be the Answer

Having suffered with hot flashes during perimenopause, I’m happy to bring this opportunity  to my readers to participate in a medical research study for Replenish. For more information, please use the contact information below.

The ABCs of Empty Nesting

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The college kids are heading back to their messy apartments or moving for the first time into their dorm rooms. So how are you feeling, parents? Will you miss those kids? Other than when our children are born, there’s no bigger change in our lives as parents than when our children leave home. It’s a shock to the system – but there…

Manage Bladder Control with Depend

I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer Network campaign for #Depend. This is a #sponsored post; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Depend and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. Bladder control is no laughing matter – and laughing can be a serious…

Three Years of Blogging – What I’ve Learned, What I’ve Done

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Indulge me as I celebrate 3 years of Empty House Full Mind. It’s been amazing! On August 16 it will be 3 years since I wrote my first blog post. Three years, approximately 200,000 words. That’s as many words as two and a half novels. I’ve written posts about everything from bullying to Broadway, from friendship to,…

Finding Your Way Back to You in the Empty Nest

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As the end of summer approaches, there’s a large, collective sigh about to be heard among parents sending their children to college. Mingled with that collective sigh will be tears, “I love yous,” and a million different ways of saying goodbye. Whether it’s the first time they’re leaving, or time for them to return to a…

How Walking My Dog is Like Raising My Children

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My dog Lambeau is thrilled each time I take the leash out of the closet. He jumps up and down, leaping with the joyous anticipation of fresh air, new scents, puddles, grass and the mystery of the unknown. My babies would greet me each morning, standing in their cribs, their happy, toothless grins welcoming me,…

Searching for the New in an Empty Nest

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This is the first year I will not have any children starting school since 1992. The memory of dropping off my daughter for her first day of pre-school, my 3 month old baby boy in my arms, is so vivid. Everything in my life was brand new – my children, my home, my marriage, my minivan, my…

How Neil Young Saved My Life

Like most teenagers, I was passionate about music. Back when there were record players and 33 RPM albums with creatively rendered covers that opened like books, I collected and listened, read the liner notes and knew the words to hundreds of songs by heart. Artists like Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and the…