Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Learning to budget — or not!

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Sometimes I think the word budget has been stricken from the vocabulary of many teens and twenty-somethings. They struggle with the concept of making the $500 in their bank account last until such time that said bank account is replenished. If the money is there, it must be OK to spend it, right? All my […] [Read More]

The health care learning curve

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Sometimes I wish my kids were still little. Parenting challenges, in my opinion, seem to grow as they age. Have your grown children learned to navigate their own health care, for example? And how is that learning process going? Remember the days when you used to call their doctor, get needed questions answered and figure […] [Read More]

Cell phone ‘progress?’

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Do you ever wish you could turn back the clock to the days before cell phones? I sure do! OK, so they’re great for emergencies. And when we’re places where we can’t be connected to anyone any other way. But do we really have to speak to someone the instant we think about it, or […] [Read More]

Time for an overhaul!

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Like myself, I think most parents want to leave a better world behind for our kids and grandkids. Which is yet another reason why the recent events in Washington have me discouraged. I don’t generally talk politics and I don’t pick my friends based on their political beliefs. Sure, I have definite thoughts about how […] [Read More]

A case of bad timing

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Like clockwork, the school calendar arrived every year in our mailbox the first week of classes. Before I would sit down and diligently go through it, transferring important events/information onto our family calendar that hangs on the fridge, I’d first thumb through it looking for pictures of my kids. On nearly every page there was […] [Read More]

Enjoying the rest of summer

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Did you get in all of your fun before summer’s end? That question — and other takes on it — began to annoy my husband over this past Labor Day weekend. It’s not the end of summer — at least for us it’s not. I guess that’s the benefit of no longer having small children […] [Read More]

A kid-free home

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This past weekend marked a major milestone for my husband and me. There are no kids in our house. Of course, that’s happened before. When they were off at camp or sleeping over at a friend’s house. Or one of them was at college. But that always involved a return home so that most of […] [Read More]

Follow FDR’s parenting advice

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I read a quote recently that was attributed to Franklin D. Roosevelt: “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” My guess is that most of us try to do just that. But the whole topic has me a little […] [Read More]