All about me…

Hi ladies of midlife and thanks for calling in!

I am (in no particular order) a wife, a mother of three fabulous daughters (19,16 and 12 years), an academic with a PhD in epidemiology and a writer. And I am me.

I fully intend to discover who that is and I’d love to share my experiences after the playground with you.

This blog was created out a perfect storm of unpleasantness during the early stages of 2016; pre-menopausal hormones, the not too distant prospect of empty-nest syndrome, a health scare and an especially nasty bout of flu left me feeling a little lost. It is my way of creating something positive from a potentially negative set of circumstances. I am no expert but as I find out what works for me I will share my experiences – I hope you find some of them helpful.

If your kids (or at least some of them) are now taller, stronger and quicker at just about everything than you are – this is for you! If you are still immersed in early parenthood you may want to have a peak at how I’m coping (or not coping) with what comes next. That is if you have the time!

Join me in a gentle amble into midlife and the next stage of being a mum. 

Finding meWhat happens after the playground?

Let’s find out shall we?



Sharon XX








All about After the Playground…

After the playground is a blog for mothers of older children/teens/young adults who are defining the next stage of motherhood and of their own lives. You will find my thoughts and useful information about family life, health (physical and emotional), fashion and beauty as they relate to ladies with children in high school and beyond.

Going out

Here you will find out about where I have been – with and without my children. In particular, it focuses on my quest to find activities that you can enjoy WITH your tweens, teens and adult children.

Family life

Examines some of the issues surrounding life with teenage daughters – the funny, the serious and the bizarre.

Staying in

Includes book reviews and past times that you can enjoy at home – perhaps when your children are busy doing their own thing.

All change

Here you will find out how I am dealing with the huge changes that women face in their late forties and early fifties and, I hope, find some useful information for your own parenting journey.


This is the blog that tells you why that was definitely not it.

There’s plenty more to come.


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