E062 Becoming a Parent in Midlife

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midlife parentI have a hard enough time dealing with my teenager during a pizza oven hot flash. I cannot imagine combining the mind-body experience of being 52 with a toddler’s temper tantrum. I know, I know, older parents will be wiser and more patient, true. But don’t they become exhausted?

Please prepare for a most politically incorrect conversation on the realities facing middle age first-time parents.

Meet our guest, Cyma Shapiro, 58, the point person on all matters of midlife parenting, or more specifically: Becoming a first time parent in your 40s, 50s, 60s and yes… 70s.

She is also the editor/creator of the anthology, The Zen of Midlife Mothering, also featuring the essays of midlife mothers and fathers. A Huffington Post contributor whose work has been featured on NPR and on Psychology Today (online), Cyma is passionate about supporting men and women who choose later parenthood and giving them a face, voice, and forum.

In her most recent venture, as contemporary lifestyle talk show host (forwomenoverforty.com), she investigates anything and everything of interest to those in midlife! She is the mother of 11 and 13 year old children and 30 and 31-year-old stepchildren.


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