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What Kind of Mother-in-law Are You?

So – you’re looking back at your life and thinking about some past relationships with daughters, sons, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law….mothers-in-law, moms, dads….sisters…. If only I did it differently….I wish I know then what I knew now…I could kick myself over some of the things I said or did. What was I thinking? Stop. Don’t do that to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up over the past, and chances are it wasn’t that bad. Read my Guest Post on today’s guest author section in MiddleSage website. Still – learn for the future. Are you doing your best to be NICE? Yes – I know they say that “nice guys finish last…” but still – when it comes to in-law pays to take the high road. Do you fit into any of the categories below? a) You love your DIL’s and SIL’s  (that’s daughters-in-law and sons -in-law FYI), but you’re not so sure if you are mean or nice. b) You just had … Continue reading

Less is More in Midlife and Beyond

The subject of giving advice is old and cliched. Nagging moms and moms-in-law are reminded to “keep their mouths shut and pockets open.” We’re told that the kids know what to do. They have to make their own mistakes. And if we know what is good for us and our relationships with our adult kids, we had better learn that lesson. Fast. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

Ten Amazing Things I Learned While Babysitting for my Grandchildren

As many of you know, I love taking care of my grandchildren, for short or longer periods of time. An overnight at our home for our grandson when he asks or an outing to the ballgame or an afternoon spent hanging out at our home have become pretty regular events in our lives these days. So when our grandkids’ Mommy and Daddy were planning a vacation, my husband and I agreed to watch both their pre-school kids for….two whole days. That meant carpools, lunches, back-packs, homework, dinner, baths, outings, morning routine, night routine…the works. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

Real Lessons from “Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families”

They say that nothing in life is a coincidence. Recently I received a seemingly random phone call from another writer, Becky Sarah, who happens to write about the topic of being a grandmother. Becky wrote a book (Whittier Street Press, Sept 2013), Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families. My  encounter with Ms. Sarah seemed meant to be — the beginning of a new relationship (I love meeting new writers!), and new information for me to help me in my own life as a grandmother. As you all know (duh!) – grandmothering is my all-time favorite topic. Hence, this blog. Hence, my book. Hence, my facebook page,  passion of polishing my jobs as a mother-in-law, grandmother,  and mom of adult kids. And yet, when speaking to Becky I sensed that Becky’s book has so much to offer – so much more than anything I’ve seen or read in the past. Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

12 Defenses in Favor of Jury Duty

Several weeks ago, I had Jury Duty. Now, while many people try really hard to get out of their civil obligation to show up for jury duty when called, I did not. In fact, not only did I not try to get out of it –beyond the postponing of it several times until it was a week when it was not inconvenient — I actually was hoping secretly that I would be accepted by the court. I don’t have little kids at home, I have a job that allows me flexibility and time off for Jury Duty, and I’m a Middle-Ager who loves to do fun things. Of course, I didn’t tell anyone that. By “anyone” – I refer to my friends, relatives, work colleagues, acquaintances and all the people who I bragged to about jury duty. I followed the party line of jury duty goers before me, and bemoaned my obligation. “Oh well…I have jury duty. What a bummer!” Share PostTwitterFacebookGoogle +1Email

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