Tag Archives: New older mothers

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

Mistaken Identity and a Big Mistake

I guess it had to happen one day … 17 months have passed since she was born. I was 47 then, I’m (just) 49 now. Many people have congratulated me on my beautiful, funny, chatting, waving, singing, dancing daughter. And … Continue reading



Posted in Daily Living, Fostering/Guardianship, Mothers Over 40 | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Perspective (It’s All About Perspective)

In my older age (NOT old age) I have noticed something. Call it an Oprah-Aha-moment. Or wisdom that comes with gray hair – of which I have none yet, thank you very much. Or clarity. Or Karma. Whatever it is, … Continue reading



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

Sticks and Stones

Dear Reader: Our very own UK-based Ellie Stoneley has been shortlisted for the prestigious Brilliance in Blogging award for her blog, Mush Brained Ramblings. Here is her latest work: “Sticks and stones may break my bones But names will never hurt … Continue reading



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

Motherhood, with Gratitude

I finally saw the NURTURE: Stories of New Midlife Mothers* photo exhibit. I’ve seen many of the photos on the website, of course, and knew about the project before I started blogging here. I consider the creator of this whole … Continue reading



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

Being Ageless – Resilience!

Recently, I’ve been focusing on inspiring people to Be Ageless. Many of you may imagine that’s about exercise, vitamins, and green-tinted healthy shakes — and it partially is — but one of the greatest keys to agelessness might surprise you: … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Health During Midlife, Mothers Over 40, Reinventing Ourselves | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Older Mom, Growing Older

The average life expectancy for women in the U.S. is anywhere from 73.5 to 86 years of age. As the 48-year-old mother of a three-year-old, if I kick when I am 73.5, I’m going to be pissed. That said, I … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Midlife Foibles!, Reinventing Ourselves | Tagged , , , , , , | 17 Comments

South for the Winter – Or Just a Week…

The girls and I are just back from Florida, where my mom and dad live three months of the year. Nowhere else are so many generations from so many cultures on display than Florida in wintertime. Our flights were full … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Health During Midlife, Mothers Over 40, Mothers Over 50 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Soapbox: In Defense of Older Mothers

Dear Reader: Here’s a great piece in “The Frisky,” on new older mothers: Magazines seem to love writing about women’s choices, particularly if they can inspire readers to conclude that we’re making the wrong ones. Just before the new year, a … Continue reading



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

Love That Rings True

I met my husband swing dancing in Grant Park in downtown Chicago when I was 38 years old.  We dated for a couple of years and I was one month into my fortieth year when I walked down the aisle.  … Continue reading



Posted in Commentary, Daily Living, Mothers Over 40, Mothers Over 50, Rituals & Spirituality | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments