When Scary Headlines Make You Anxious About Millennial Kids

When our millennial children live in another city or away at school, most of the time “out of sight” means “out of mind.” But breaking news headlines can raise our anxiety levels to high alert, and recently that seems almost a daily occurrence. Example: the disappearance and murder of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham. It attracted national media attention during the last few weeks, and no wonder: Many parents immediately related to the story. Grown & Flown blogger Mary …

Proud Papa Brian Williams Announces Daughter’s Role as Peter Pan

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams got to show just what a proud father he his. Reporting the evening news July 30, he announced that NBC has cast his daughter, Allison, as the lead in a musical performance of Peter Pan Live! “Family members confirm that she’s been rehearsing for this role since the age of 3, and they look forward to seeing her fly,” said Williams, displaying a childhood photo of his daughter decked out in full Peter Pan …

5 Things That Probably Look Better on Your Daughter

After 50, certain styles you once threw on with abandon should probably be abandoned. Too many women continue to sport outfits and makeup in midlife that would look much better on their daughters (or on other young women) than they do on them. But the cause may not be what you think: It has little to do with size and everything to do with elegance. So even though I often wear the same brand of jeans as my two teenage …

Tightening the Family Ties

Sometimes I feel like an in-house publicist for my three adult children: a text to the middle son asking him to give his sister a call; an email to the oldest telling him about his brother’s time on a half-marathon; a phone call to the youngest suggesting she check in with her brothers. Why persist in trying to tighten the sibling bonds? Because adult children are often at different stages – and locations – in their lives so it takes …

Haiku to Mom

For Mother’s Day this year, haiku poetry seemed an appropriate medium to express feelings about our moms: short and sweet; direct, descriptive, creative; gets the point across without embellishment-kind of like our moms, right?!   Here is my haiku for Patricia, my Mom, who surprises and amazes and teaches me every day. Fragile and yet strong Her heart grows for her children Mom is love warrior  – @amygoyer I tweeted out my haiku and put out a call for haiku about mothers via my Twitter and …

How to Live Our Best Life

There is a member of the Tuohy household who has gotten her feelings hurt because I apparently neglected to mention her in any of my AARP blogs. The exact quote to me was,” I have shown her no love!” “Wow!” was my immediate response. So after giving that comment an assessment, I decided that we all could actually learn a lot from my daughter Collins. Collins is definitely the entire family’s go to girl: she’s the vacation planner and fashion …