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What Do Your Kids Know About You?

What Do Your Kids Know About You?

As we approach mothers day 2020, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk with three of the most important humans in my life — my sons.

As a family, we’ve been through a lot over the years… health issue, special needs, adoption challenges are just a few. I don’t want to dive too far into any of it out of respect for their privacy. Also, I call each of my kids by their first initial, per the request of one of my kiddos.

Speaking of privacy, I asked the ladies in the Forty Thrive community if they could ask their kids one question — that they’re actually afraid to learn the answer to — what question would it be? From sex to drugs to parenting mistakes… the community certainly has some questions.

No matter what you ask your teens, grown adult kids or littles, this time together could be a perfect opportunity to connect. Grab a phone or recording device and ask them questions. Tell them about you… see how you’re alike and different. Whatever happens here on out, we’ll never get this time back. What a gift it could be to you, your kids and future generations to learn more about you and who you were in this ever changing world.


This Mother’s Day episode of Forty Thrive is supported by the Mom’s Meditation Bundle from Women’s Meditation Network.

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Sibling Revelry

Sibling Revelry

Welcome to this special episode of Forty Thrive. What makes it so special? Well I’m glad you asked.

First of all, April 2, 2020 is my 49th birthday. That’s right, it’s my last year in my 40s. To celebrate, I invited five incredible women on to the podcast for this episode. These women are resilient…they’re smart… they take no BS… and they are like sisters to me.

Actually they’re more than like sisters to me, they are my sisters.

To give you some context to the conversation you’re about to hear…

  • The six of us also have 7 brothers — so yeah, there are 13 of us in total.
  • There were 11 kids originally when my mom died from breast cancer at the age of 39. She’s the mother of the first 5 sisters you’ll hear from today, I was the baby. Two of us — including myself — carry the genetic mutation that led to our mother’s cancer.
  • My dad remarried a little while later and they had two more kids. That’s where girl #6 comes in.

Are you following?

So you’ll hear from six women ranging from 42-64; kickass women who work hard, crack inappropriate jokes and who have experienced a whole lot of life between us.

Here’s a little cheat sheet.

— Two of my sisters are now sober

— One of them stayed sober even after experiencing the tragic and sudden loss of her 30 year old daughter in a car crash

— One of my sisters is currently fighting glioblastoma, an incurable brain cancer that she’s been battling for over two and a half years.

— Our father died four years ago from Alzheimers. This was after suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes for decades. He was the strongest, biggest personality we’ve ever known and I’m willing to say, the most influential human being in all of our lives.

–– We were raised in the suburbs of Boston. They all live in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. I live 3000 miles away in California.

–– We recorded this with a studio audience — okay, not really… but we did have some family members sitting nearby and heckling at times.

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Thriving After the Kids Have Grown and Flown

Thriving After the Kids Have Grown and Flown

If you’re a parent living in an empty — or almost empty — nest, this episode is for you. Lisa Heffernan, co-founder of Grown and Flown, has made it her life’s work to support parents during what can be an extremely difficult transition.  

In the midst of guiding their own kids through this crazy transition, Lisa and her biz partner, Mary Dell Harrington, launched what has become the largest website and Facebook group for parents of fifteen to twenty-five year olds, earning them a spot on People Magazine’s 25 Women Changing the World in 2017.
Now they’ve compiled new takeaways and fresh insights from all that they’ve learned into a handy, must-have guide.
Get the Grown and Flown book today!
Grown and Flown is a one-stop resource for parenting teenagers, leading up to—and through—high school and those first years of independence. It covers everything from the monumental (how to let your kids go) to the mundane (how to shop for a dorm room). Organized by topic—such as academics, anxiety and mental health, college life—it features a combination of stories, advice from professionals, and practical sidebars.

Get the audio version of Grown and Flown for FREE! If you’re a fan of audio books like I am, you are definitely going to love this offer! Get a free month of Audible — and FREE audiobook download — at

Mentioned in this episode:
The Gift of Failure: How to Step Back and Let Your Child Succeed
Meet 100 People: A How-To Guide to the Career and Life Edge Everyone’s Missing
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