Learning more about parenting

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D. // 


May 26  

My son, who has not lived at home in almost 10 years, is here for the summer between semesters. We had our obligatory arguments and actually we got his “space” organized his way. Luckily I have a separate structure known as a tenderhouse and he is happily settled in there. And now he is working part time and looking for more work to do.

I think I am lucky that we get along so well – but our long winded conversations – mainly about politics – have kept me up beyond my normal bedtimes and I am very off my exercise/work/fun schedule. I think we are past our rough spots and it will be fun and okay. But it’s a learning experience. I teach about the lifespan and one newer topic is about grown children returning home. I shall have first hand experience about a piece of this – but I know it helps us both that there is a limited term to this arrangement. He will leave in mid August.

Having a child when you are older has some good points to it – I do things most others my age do not – because we had done them together – like skiing, working out, eating well..all the things have previously mentioned about how to grow older better. Although I read of women in their 50’s and 60’s getting pregnant; it is not anything I would suggest. If you did not have a child in your late 30’s or in your 40’s….find a child to play with – teens are okay but well they are teens – or find a young adult and go biking – hanging out with youth will help you grow older better….

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About the Author

Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.