Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Turn off the texting

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How did we ever live – back in the “olden days” – without cell phones? I wonder about my reliance on that little device, but even more, I wonder about the kids and the way the phones function for them. They’re not even phones. They’re just small pieces of electronic gadgetry that keep them connected […] [Read More]

Too much information

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It worries me that kids today share way too much personal info on social networking websites. Some information should remain private, no matter how proud, relieved, sad, happy or excited to share information or ideas they may be. Some things are better kept to yourself (and the people with whom you can verbally share the […] [Read More]

Ahhh, the clean!

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There’s nothing better than a clean house and mine is looking pretty darn good (if I do say so myself) — both inside and out. The ever-present clutter is gone, floors are mopped and vacuumed, furniture is dusted, kitchen and bathrooms are clean and spotless and everything is in its place. Outside, the grass is […] [Read More]
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What’s for dinner?

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I must admit that this past year I’ve gotten a bit lazy about fixing weeknight dinners. After all, there were only three of us left in the house. But now that a fourth has returned from college, and a fifth is expected back in another week, I’m feeling pressure to put a nice dinner on […] [Read More]
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Learning to say ‘no’

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Parents today often are accused of spoiling their children, handing them whatever they want and as a result, giving them a sense of entitlement. I’m sure there have been times when I’ve fallen into that trap. Not because I want my kids to be brats, but because I just want to give them the things […] [Read More]
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Home for the summer!

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My house is a little less empty now. My middle child, who just finished his freshman year at college, came back home over the weekend. I made the drive to get him on Saturday, leaving the house early to allow for the long trip. My husband stayed behind, needing the day to continue preparations for […] [Read More]
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All cheer, all the time?

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Here we go again! For several years, my daughter was a competitive gymnast, training five nights a week and home for dinner only on Saturdays and Sundays. Monthly gym fees were high – more than most typical car payments. And that didn’t include the fancy rhinestone-studded competition leotard, the team warm-ups and the fees for […] [Read More]
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Deciphering clutter from treasure

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How has my life gotten so cluttered? Granted, I live in a small house with not much storage space, but it seems more stuff comes in than goes out. I have piles of paperwork on my dresser. Really, it would be embarrassing for anybody to see how cluttered that piece of furniture is at the […] [Read More]
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Adjusting to Mom’s new role

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Another Mother’s Day has come and gone and I must admit, it makes me a little sad. Not because I wish there were more days when I got presents or someone else put dinner on the table, but because this year it really hit me how my “mom” role has changed. My house is so […] [Read More]
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Breaking bad food habits

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I need to get back on the bandwagon. Last month I tried a four-week stress-reduction program that focused on diet and lifestyle. Developed by Dr. Roberta Lee, the program was featured in her newest book, “The Superstress Solution.” Although some of the program, for me, was a bit of a hassle, I felt a difference […] [Read More]
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