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Empty Nest and being Single (again) / Re: Too many new things
« Last post by Elizabeth on June 12, 2019, 07:12:19 AM »
Hi Debbie, welcome to ENMoms. Sorry to hear how you are feeling, it must be very hard on you. Have you tried talking to your boyfriend about how you are feeling? Is it possible he could move to your city?

How long have you lived with him where you are now? Could it be that you need more time? Not sure what kind of work you do but is there something else available that you could apply for, just taking the stress away from that might help you adjust more. Not sure how far away your girls are but can they come visit you there?

I know, a lot of things to think about! But maybe working on one thing at a time can help.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing and feel free to come here to 'talk' anytime.

 :grouphugsign: :grouphugsign:
Empty Nest and being Single (again) / Too many new things
« Last post by Debbie on June 11, 2019, 08:46:17 PM »
Hi, I tried to prepare for both of my daughters leaving for college and beyond. I've been divorced for 10+ years. I dated someone and became engaged after two years. We've been together for 4 years. We lived in different cities, so I moved to his city. I have a job, but I just can't adjust. I'm finding it so hard to meet people and have my own life apart from him. I kept my house in my home town, and now I just want to move back to the familiar. I miss my girls so much, and I just want my old house. My job causes me a lot of anxiety, actually I feel anxious almost all the time. Has anyone out there changed too many things after your kids have left, and now feel totally lost? thanks for reading. :sign0144:
Staying Healthy As We Age! / Taking care of your skin
« Last post by cherie on June 11, 2019, 06:14:52 AM »
There are countless articles online supposedly giving the best suggestions on how to care for your skin and at times, it becomes hard to tell apart facts from myths. All the same, what isn't disputable is that it is important to watch what we eat.

Did you know that foods that are high in white carbohydrates and sugar can make you age faster? I am looking to add more protein in my diet by consuming foods like fish, beans and legumes. What other eating habits can you recommend?
Every Day Conversations / Re: Discovering a new sport
« Last post by cherie on June 11, 2019, 05:27:26 AM »
Hey MaryB, I smile every time I have a look at your profile picture (those pets are so adorable!). Well, I had a look at a YouTube clip and much as I am an adrenaline junkie, I really fear falling while running down a steep hill. I haven't been so consistent with my routine but so far so good; jogging helps me clear my mind!
Our Empty Nest / Re: Failure As A Mother
« Last post by cherie on June 11, 2019, 05:13:49 AM »
This is a really lively discussion and I have picked very important lessons from this thread. Olive, thanks for being there for your friend and I'm sure she left your house a better person. Teenage years can be the most challenging and it is useful to have that open-door policy, in terms of communication channels.
Every Day Conversations / Re: Discovering a new sport
« Last post by MaryB on June 10, 2019, 03:08:33 PM »
haha Cherie,  I would fall on my face! haha But I'd love to watch such a sport!  I'd also like to be jogging morning and evening!  You go girl!   :13:
Our Empty Nest / Re: Failure As A Mother
« Last post by Jeanine on June 10, 2019, 02:33:54 PM »
That theory is cute Elizabeth! Sounds soooo true too. Everytime I heard a teacher or another parent talk about how polite and mannerly one of my kids were I'd say, "Excuse me?"  :) :)  Guess it means you're doing something right if they behave themselves at their friends homes or school.

Seriously though, the teens are hard years so you just do the best you can and hope for the best. 
Staying Healthy As We Age! / Re: Memory Boosters?
« Last post by Elizabeth on June 10, 2019, 11:54:33 AM »
I've seen a lot of supplements advertised that is suppose to help with memory but haven't tried any of them. So not sure if they actually work or not. I'm always a little leary of taking to many supplements not being sure if they all 'agree' with each other. :dunno:
Every Day Conversations / Re: Does anyone of you follow politics?
« Last post by Elizabeth on June 10, 2019, 11:52:02 AM »
I do a little, just up to trying to keep up with the latest but that is getting hard to do since everyone seems to keep changing. It can really consume you if you let it so I have backed off a bit.  They pretty much say what they think you want to hear or the majority anyway.
Our Empty Nest / Re: Failure As A Mother
« Last post by Elizabeth on June 10, 2019, 11:49:37 AM »
You know I used to say that when the kids hit around thirteen everyone should 'exchange' kids until they hit around 20 or so! :)

Seems you always heard how really nice and polite 'your' child was or how you thought someone else's was the same. They always mind when they are at your house  (and I guess your own did the same when over at their friends house or at school).

So really when kids hit their teens they seem to turn into a different child! Doesn't mean you haven't done things right it just means mostly that they get a mind of their own and seem to think they know more than you.

I would just tell  your friend not to fret about it too much unless he gets really unruly. You do the best you can and hope the child picks up on some of the good.
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