Generation Xers are beginning to turn the corner, midway between their teens and retirement.Now in their late 30s and early 40s, they have lived through three recessions, 9/11, and culture wars amidst starting families, buying homes, and struggling to repay student loans.I just hate that category, though, because saying they want kids sounds to me like they want kids of their own, and I can't deliver on that.By the same token, saying they don't want kids may just be their way of saying they don't want to start over with kids of their own, but would be okay with me having kids."In my coaching practice, I suggest that single moms do the inside work to get really clear about their wants, needs, values and beliefs and get in touch with their intuition," says Kerri Zane, single-mom lifestyle expert and author of It Takes All 5: A Single Mom's Guide to Finding the Real One.
Early last year she asked me if I could help 'find her knight in shining armour'.And Baumgartner says that single parents need to consider that this may be true."I tell clients that having some time for 'just themselves' is important," she says.With death comes grief – sometimes terrible, devastating sadness that seems as if it will never end. For most, this period lasts from six months to a year, the periods of sadness gradually lessening over time.However, as 80-year-old poet and children’s book author Judith Viorst notes, seniors have already experienced “bad stuff” – holes in the brain from which names and dates have dropped, ailments you’ve never heard of, and attending funeral after funeral of dear friends and family.While life expectancy has increased from previous generations, the likelihood of having considerable time after the death of one’s mate remains high.