Employers, grow up! Middle-aged women are in their prime
There is that special moment when your teenagers leave in the morning on their way to school. The door slams and a sublime peace descends on the house, coming as it does after the shouting at them to get out of bed, the chaos of breakfast and the panic over mislaid sports kit or school shoes. Then there's the realisation that they won't be returning until late afternoon, also quite delicious.
The day your youngest makes the transition to secondary school that peace may bring with it an extra realisation, especially if you have been a stay-at-home parent. You now have a whole day stretching ahead. You won't be needed again till dinner time.
Suddenly you have 'me' time, although, unless you are very lucky, instead of spending a day at a spa, you will more likely consider getting back into the world of paid work.