Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

No longer a child

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I think we’ve worked out a good co-existence with our adult son. A recent college grad with a job — thank goodness — he’s living at home because the job is close by and living here allows him to save money and start paying down his student loans. It’s not a permanent arrangement, by any […] [Read More]

Holiday list revisited

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Now that I got everybody’s wish lists for holiday gift-giving, what happens if I don’t want to get any of it? Seriously, only one of the kids had a wish list that actually had appropriate items. And at what point do they stop asking for various video games and the paraphernalia that goes along with […] [Read More]

Getting the holiday spirit

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Are you getting into the holiday spirit yet? I am, and this morning’s light snow added to it, I think. Plus, I’m trying very hard to stay focused on what’s important, which is sometimes difficult to do. Our Christmas tree is up, but not yet decorated. And all of the boxes of decorations — for […] [Read More]

When to butt in?

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When do your kids learn to speak up for themselves? I don’t remember this being such an issue with my oldest, but there were times it was an issue for the other two and has especially become something I’m concerned about with my youngest. Mind you, I always encouraged the kids to assess their problems […] [Read More]

‘Wish’ful thinking

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As the holiday season kicks into gear, it’s time to ask the kids to compile their Christmas wish lists. Those of you with older kids know that the gift-giving gets a little harder, i.e. more expensive, than those years when you could just waltz into the toy store and pick up everything on said list […] [Read More]

Happy Thanksgiving

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It’s Thanksgiving and G is home from school for a few days. That’s a good thing. Food is bought and preparations are nearly done to put together the traditional meal. Tomorrow, like most, we’ll gather around the table and give thanks for family and friends, health and all of the blessings we enjoy. Have a […] [Read More]

Understated, but Potter-mania nonetheless

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Our house has grown up with Harry Potter. C was 10 when “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” hit the U.S. He ate it up and looked forward to each new book. We added each novel to our library and the other kids read them as well. Even as they grew — especially C, who […] [Read More]

In search of a hobby

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I need a hobby. I used to have them. I played a couple of instruments, attended exercise classes on a regular basis, I read voraciously, crocheted, and admittedly, even played Dungeons and Dragons once a month with a group of work friends and some of their spouses back in the mid-80s. I’m sure I could […] [Read More]

Mandatory conversation?

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Sometimes I wonder whether all of today’s technology ends up hurting us in the long run. Specifically, it seems that our communication skills are on the decline — and I worry that that includes me! When my kids or my husband have info they need to share or they need to ask me a question, […] [Read More]

New appliance fever

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There’s a new refrigerator scheduled to show up at my house today and I am so excited about it, it worries me. Is it normal to have so much enthusiasm for a household appliance? Or is it yet another sign that I’m getting old and find my excitement in what most consider mundane? Our current […] [Read More]