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  1. A Single Parent’s Guide to Empty Nest Syndrome

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I had a friend who was a single parent, and found becoming an empty nester traumatic. It was the first time in her life that she had lived alone, having gone from living with her parents to getting married, and still having her son living with her following her divorce. The hardest part for her was having nobody to cook for or have meals with.  She hated eating alone and wasn’t motivated to cook just for herself. When with friends she was her happy, positive self – covering her unhappiness extremely well.  It was only when her sister (who saw her less frequently) visited and noticed her weight loss that she confessed to struggling with the reality of being an empty...
  2. How to Have Hard Conversations With Your Adult Children: Your boundaries matter

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    Article by Marie Miguel When your children grow up It’s easy to view your children as staying the same or always being “your baby,” but the reality is that our kids grow up into adults. The relationships between children and parents change. Having adult children can be complicated; you want to remember them as being dependant on you, but they’ve hopefully individuated from you and are living their own lives. Even if your children are still involved in your life, and you have grandkids, the dynamic has changed, and it’s important to remember that there will be difficult conversations that arise as you age. Having hard conversations Some conversations with your kids are lighthearted and fun, while others are hard. You and the dynamic your adult...
  3. Ways to prevent grandparents from being frozen out in 2020 when children divorce

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    Article by Peter Jones, founder, Jones Myers niche family law firm January can be a challenging month in many ways for parents who have undergone divorce or separation. It can also be an unhappy time for distressed grandparents who are being prevented from seeing their beloved grandchildren. Grandparents can be instrumental in sustaining their grandchildren’s critical routines both during and after divorce – as well as supporting their son or daughter practically and emotionally. Unfortunately, reasons including fractious and difficult relationships between their children and in laws/former partners can result in grandparents and other relatives being marginalised. Steps for grandparents to consider when children divorce If you are in this position, here are some steps to consider. We strongly advise only using the court route as a last resort. Negotiate some quality...
  4. Keeping elderly loved ones safe this winter

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    Winter can be a struggle for the elderly. The dip in temperature coupled with icy conditions can make it harder for them to keep warm and stay safe outdoors and in their homes. To help grandparents, friends, and neighbours to stay safe, we’ve listed a few tips on how you can ensure they are warm, comfortable and free from injuries and illnesses this winter. Dress for warmth The elderly are at a greater risk of developing hyperthermia in the winter because of the drop in temperature. If you’re visiting grandparents, or elderly neighbours and friends, check to see if they have enough warm layers to wear and plenty of blankets, and ensure that their home is heated properly and is warm enough. Age UK recommends they keep...
  5. 3 Ways To Care For The Health Of Your Elderly Parents

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    It’s tough seeing our parents grow old, as it’s a bitter reminder that they won’t be around forever. And it’s hard watching them struggle, as with old age comes a variety of health problems that might require medical care and daily intervention. Still, there is much you can do to support them, and we will detail some of the steps that you can take below. By following our suggestions, you might actually improve both their health and their lives, and this is good news for both you and them. 1: Stay in regular contact with your parents Sure, you live a busy life, and you might have children of your own to look after. But never be too busy for your parents. By staying in touch with...
  6. Crime writer Julie D Jones talks about working with her husband

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    Article by Julie D. Jones Working with a partner is not always a walk in the park! When you get two strong personalities working together there are times when you inevitably disagree and need a strategy to work out your differences. As a crime writer, married to an experienced forensic expert, it was only natural for me to seek advice and detailed information from my husband. With a background in nursing it helps that we have a lot of things in common; we can discuss certain drugs/medications and the effects on the body, also from seeing gunshot wounds we can discuss the carnage created from firearms and the types of guns used in shootings. From time to time Terry and I disagree with scenes in my books. We try to...
  7. Ways to prevent empty nest syndrome being a key factor in divorce

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    By Peter Jones, founder of Jones Myers family law specialist  As anxious and excited students leave home for the first time to embark on the next stage of their life at college or university, their departure also marks a new chapter for their parents. For many ‘empty nesters’, this is the beginning of their lives without children in the house. It can also bring to the surface long suppressed irritations and tensions that have bubbled under the surface, but whose impact may have been lessened by the demands of children and busy lives. Two decades of hectic work and child care schedules can result in parents losing touch with each other and becoming different people to the couple who tied the knot. In today’s climate...
  8. How grandparents can avoid feeling marginalised when their children divorce

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    By Peter Jones, founder of Jones Myers family law specialist  While grandparents are legally entitled to make their own application for access to, or custody of, grandchildren during divorce proceedings, they have traditionally not tended to do this for fear of damaging their own child’s chances of contact. This often leaves the older generation feeling marginalised as they wait for parents to allocate some time for them to spend with grandchildren. Our advice at Jones Myers is that while they should not take sides in the divorce, grandparents play an instrumental role in children’s lives and should try to stay involved with them. They should emphasise the useful roles they can play – such as handovers and childcare – so that both parents will welcome them as safe, as opposed to critical, custodians. When...
  9. Relationships over 50: How to rekindle your relationship when the children leave home

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    Article by Ar’nie Krogh After the initial ‘Honeymoon’ period and excitement of building a home together, things will have inevitably gotten hectic with the arrival of kids. There’s school runs, PTA meetings and football matches in the early years. Then comes the more serious, problematic teenage years, which are bound to keep your household exciting. You may or may not have had too many cross words between your kids and your partner, but before you know it, these little birds have left home, and you’re left with the ‘empty nest syndrome’. Silver divorces are on the rise It’s a sad fact that today, silver divorces are on the rise. These are couples who are divorcing in their 50’s and above and are the same people who were the pioneers of a 2...
  10. A Celebration of a Very Special Life

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    Article by Gina Kirkham “… oh, and I don’t want soggy butties and people weeping and wailing at my funeral. I want a party, a damned good knees up, is that a deal?” Sheila Jane Radestock January 2006 (My Mum) I’ve lost track over the years as to how many times the phrase ‘I don’t want soggy butties’ whispers through my mind. Normally it springs to the fore at some poor unfortunate’s traditional funeral where the sandwiches alternate between being squashed and soggy or stale and curled up at the edges…..…and that then makes me wonder how others viewed my Mum’s funeral, or Celebration of Life as we preferred to call it. Is it ever truly possible, or even normal, to say you had a wonderful time...
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