Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Surviving the sleepover

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Another school year has come and gone and this year, we let our 15-year-old daughter celebrate with a slumber party. This was my husband’s doing. I’m the party pooper here, usually nixing slumber party plans — or at least cutting the invite list way back. But my daughter asked her father for permission and he […] [Read More]
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The life of a juggler

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Sometimes I feel like a circus juggler — one who is surprised she hasn’t dropped the balls, clubs, flaming torches or shiny knives more than she has. The other day I was having a conversation with a co-worker who was upset because she got so busy with everything on her family’s schedule that she forgot […] [Read More]
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Cultivating conversation

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Cell phones, as convenient as they might be, have taught our children not to talk to other people. I’m not even sure they should be called phones, because most teens and young people don’t use them as such, but as yet another keyboard by which they can send a written message to someone else. Text […] [Read More]

Celebrating dads

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I know this blog is called Midlife Mom, but since yesterday was Father’s Day, I thought I should send a shout out to all of those Midlife Dads! You don’t always get the credit or recognition you deserve when it comes to taking care of your families. We moms tend to complain about the things […] [Read More]
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The art of the apology

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Why is it so hard for older children to apologize? Maybe I grew up in a different era, where people weren’t afraid to take responsibility for their actions? Or maybe parents today have just dropped the ball, failing to teach this important life lesson? Or maybe it’s just the kids’ age? Myself, I think I […] [Read More]
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The sound of music

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We have a piano in the living room that I’ve been considering selling. It was bought many years ago when my oldest started taking lessons. All of my kids have musical talent — they just haven’t all nurtured and used it. The piano has sat mostly unused for the past several years. So imagine my […] [Read More]
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Vacation planning troubles

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I am envious of all of those families who seem to have no problem scheduling their summer vacations. This has always been a struggle for me and it’s something over which my husband generally takes charge. The main reason for my troubles here — as I see it, anyway — is that I’m an easy-to-please […] [Read More]
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The food wars begin

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Now that the boys are home from college, the “he said/she said” battle is just starting to heat up – mostly over the food in the house, who eats what and, more importantly, doesn’t leave any for others. I must admit that my grocery bill dropped substantially this past year with both boys at school […] [Read More]
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Parents and teens don’t mix

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If your teenager likes you, does that mean you’re doing a great job as a parent or a terrible job? Conversely, what if your teen says they hate you? I think most parents struggle with this. Of course we want to think our kids like us – at least we want them to talk to […] [Read More]
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Household lessons

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I wish I was a better delegator. I’ve always been more of a worker bee and sometimes still have a hard time delegating tasks to others instead of just doing them myself. At home, for instance, I can only live with dirty dishes for so long before I just take over. Technically, this is supposed […] [Read More]
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