Category Archives: Single Motherhood

The Next Stage

I just registered my youngest for kindergarten, and I’m almost positive that means life is getting easier. If nothing else, I’m counting on lower daycare costs, but people insist I’ll soon be spending that money on ukelele lessons, lunchboxes and … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Mothers Over 40, Mothers Over 50, Reinventing Ourselves, Single Motherhood | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Cyma Shapiro Interviews Serena Kirby, author of Better Late Than Never Baby

Hi, Serena – I’m so happy to be interviewing you, today. As my Australian compatriot, I see so many similarities in our midlife experiences, despite being half-a-world away. Today, I’d like to focus on your wonderful book, Better Late Than … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Reinventing Ourselves, Single Motherhood | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Tips for Raising An Only Child (Part III)

The single-child family is the fastest growing family unit in the developed world so you’re far from alone if you have just one child. For many of us who became mothers later in life, it wasn’t ‘choice’ but ‘circumstance’ that … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Health During Midlife, Midlife Foibles!, Single Motherhood | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

100% Responsible Mothering, But Never Alone

I was a single parent for one month shy of four years – the first years of Isaac’s life. Prior to having a child, I’d considered getting a dog thinking I was finally ready to take on that weighty responsibility. … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Health During Midlife, Mothers Over 40, Reinventing Ourselves, Single Motherhood | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Tips for Raising An Only Child (Part II)

Undoubtedly the most noticeable drawback for the young ‘only’ child is the absence of a sibling playmate.  This often leads to heightened demands for parents to be the child’s primary playmate. As fatigue can be a major factor for older … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Mothers Over 40, Mothers Over 50, Single Motherhood | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Through the Eyes of A Midlife Mother

Everyone was having children. Except me.  Co-workers. Friends. The teenagers I taught in an afterschool program. The moms at the mall who yanked at their children’s arms and made them cry with curses and slaps. I received birth announcements. Baby … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Mothers Over 40, Mothers Over 50, Reinventing Ourselves, Single Motherhood | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Doing a Little Less, Imperfectly, At Midlife

My friend’s mother just had a heart attack. A small one, and she’s recovering well. But besides the shock and concern my friend has for her mother, she’s lost her mother’s help with her two children, and her life has … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Mothers Over 40, Mothers Over 50, Single Motherhood | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Advantages in Being An Only Child of an Older Mother (Part I)

Whether as a result of increased fatigue or decreased fertility, the reality is that many later in life mums have only one child. “Spoilt Brat”, “Little Emperor” or simply “The Boss”, these are just some of the phrases often attached … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Mothers Over 40, Mothers Over 50, Single Motherhood | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Waiting for the Weekend

When I picked my 3-year-old from preschool Friday, she greeted me with a happy shout of “It’s the weekend!” And proceeded to pull me over to the school calendar on the wall, point to the Saturday, and repeat: “It’s the … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Midlife Foibles!, Mothers Over 40, Mothers Over 50, Single Motherhood | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Daycare Director

I had the most disarmingly honest conversation with the director of Anna’s new preschool yesterday. Like all good preschools around here, there had been a long waiting list. I didn’t have a hope of getting in. But I lamented to … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Mothers Over 40, Single Motherhood | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment