Welcome to the nest!

While this blog is intended for “older moms,” I won’t be checking for gray hairs or calculating the difference between your age and that of your youngest child. And the things I’ll be writing about here at 50ish with a Full Nest will (hopefully!) be relevant to everyone from Baby Boomers to Millenials.

With that said, there are a zillion “mom” blogs out there, and it would be tough to make the case that there’s a real need for a new one. But a lot of those blogs leave out older moms like me — and a lot of you, too, I bet. Because we don’t fall into the typical mold of a young mom with kids at home — the proverbial full nest.


50ish With a Full Nest is custom-made for you if…


So while everyone is welcome here, I did have a target audience of older moms in mind. So 50ish with a Full Nest might be tailor-made for you if:


older moms


Seriously, though, everybody is welcome, regardless of age or different parenting styles. And so is your feedback, if you disagree with something I write (or if you love it, which is even better!). If you’re 20-, 30-, or 40-something and have always wanted to crawl inside the head of that “older mom” who seems to be a different species, this is your chance to explore why we may have different parenting styles.


The good stuff: What older moms really talk, laugh, and cry about


So no matter how old you or your children are, please visit the nest to learn, teach, share, laugh, cry, and even disagree. I’ll be tackling everything from parenting strategies to the trauma of getting old to what’s going on in the rest of the world. And if you younger moms ever feel like the rest of us are poking gentle fun at you…well, you may be right. But I promise there’s no ill will. And you’re welcome to come right back at us with comments about our creaky joints…or the unfortunate things that happen when we laugh or sneeze.

I’m going to try to post regularly, but just in case my eyes won’t cooperate and I have to play the older mom card, sign up below to get an email when I post something new.


Patti Podnar

About me

I decided I wanted to be a writer in 2nd grade. Our assignment was to write a story using our spelling words, but I got so caught up in the story that I forgot all about using my spelling words. (Oops!)

My fate was sealed at that point. After college, I got a job in corporate communications. That job led me to the man who is now my husband of 20 years and the father of our three children.

I left my job to be a stay-at-home mom, and we popped out 3 babies in under 3 years — the last two being only 11 months apart (January and December!). It wasn’t even an “oops.” My expiration date was coming up fast, so we were very aware of not having any time to waste!

After about a decade of being “just a mom,” I decided to look into working from home. That led me to content marketing (this is where the business education I got at my first job came in handy). You can read more about that at my business site, Podnar Content Marketing.

But then something weird happened: Over a period of two days, my vision deteriorated to the point where, after about an hour, I couldn’t see the words on the screen even if I pressed my nose right up against it.

It turned out to be a complication of Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s moisture-producing membranes. especially in the mouth and eyes.

Anywayyyy…..there was no way I could continue putting in the hours needed to take care of my clients. My eyes simply refused to cooperate. So I narrowed my “real work” down to content marketing consulting plus writing blog posts about topics I know well (research cuts into “eye time”) and that don’t have pressing deadlines.

But the writing bug wouldn’t go away, so I decided to tackle a project that had tugged at my heart for years: Being an old mama. I finally have the time and, since there aren’t any deadlines, I can work around my eyes, which don’t always tell me whether they’re going to cooperate on any given day.

So please bear with me if there are gaps in posting. I hope you’ll stick around anyway to laugh, complain, and maybe even brag about the challenges of being an older mom in a Millenial world…and of sometimes being mistaken for your child’s grandmother.

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