The New 50s

It used to be that women in their 50s were empty nesters, with time on their hands to rediscover themselves. These days, many of us are still in the thick of child rearing.

Watching her fall asleep after our shared bedtime stories, I marveled at the revelation of her past, present and future, all there on her dozing face. Let others be empty nesters. I’ll take my 50s just the way they are.

Mireille Grangenois, currently a managing director at Burson-Marsteller, has been named publisher of the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

READ MORE on motherhood: Helena Andrews on the 20s. Rebecca Walker on the 30s. Salatheia Bryant-Honors on the 40s.