Can you believe it? School starts around here in less than a month.
As an empty nester, the approach of that annual event doesn’t affect me quite so much now. No collections of school clothes to buy. (With four children, that was always quite the monumental undertaking.) No before and after child care to line up. (As a working mom, always an end of summer priority.)
Remember that Staples commercial – maybe it will be on again – with the gleeful parent pushing a shopping cart while clicking their heels and singing ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year…’ I used to love that ad. Sang that song to my own children all the time too.
But, that’s not what I meant to talk about.
On The Make, Book 3 in the Brothers in Blue series is my current work in progress.
She no longer believes in heroes, or happily ever after. He's determined to prove her wrong.
The book features a recently widowed, single mom raising two adolescent boys, one who is in a particularly difficult stage of rebellion. Having raised the aforementioned four kids, I’m calling up memories of some of our more trying times to help get my creative juices flowing.
Not that any of my offspring were necessarily out and out rebellious, but we did have our moments. And thank goodness I wasn’t a single mom, but had a strong, supportive partner to navigate the sometimes choppy child raising waters with me. Such as:
1. Those first days, weeks, months with a new driver’s license
2. The friends they coveted who weren’t necessarily the best choice
3. Those ‘everyone else gets to, why can’t I?’ discussions
4. The ‘make your bed and clean your room’ requests that seem to be unheard
5. The ‘there’s nothing to eat’ wails after a mega trip to the grocery store
6. The eye rolls. For no particular offense, except for simply being…parental
I could go on, but you get the idea.
Again, as an empty nester, there’s a bonus in here too. While those recollections are helpful, I get to do some real time, here and now research as well. As I watch two of those four I told you about before navigate the same issues with their offspring.
Plus, I have to say…paybacks really are very, very sweet.
How about you? What’s in your research arsenal and how do you use it?
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