Monthly Archive for June, 2010

: June, 2010

Surviving the sleepover

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
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The life of a juggler

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
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Cultivating conversation

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

Celebrating dads

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
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The art of the apology

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
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The sound of music

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
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Vacation planning troubles

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
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The food wars begin

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
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Parents and teens don’t mix

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
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Household lessons

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
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