Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Star struck


A reunion minus one family member

OK, so I’m having big mother-guilt feelings about my recent decision: I am going to a family reunion without my 19-year-old son. I have been in a bit of a quandary over what to do about this for several weeks now. It’s a family reunion. It also happens to be in a place that’s about […] [Read More]

An education in socialization

How many of you take your older kids along with you when you’re invited to someone’s house for a barbecue or casual dinner? My husband and I seem to disagree on this matter. He thinks the kids should always be in tow and I don’t see any reason to bring them if they’re just going […] [Read More]

Prepping for vacation prep

Why does it sometimes seem like getting a family ready to be somewhere at a specific time can be like trying to shove an elephant into a Volkswagen? Especially when you’re trying to pack for any time away — then add in the time necessary to prepare the car for a long drive. In my […] [Read More]

Oh, to be so spontaneous!

Is spontaneity a sign of youth? It seems my kids’ plans change on a minute-by-minute basis. First I’m told they’re doing one thing, then something else, then they go back to Plan A, and so on and so on. I’m sure I was like this when I was their age. But now, I tend to […] [Read More]

Happy anniversary

I know this blog is called Midlife Mom, but I could also call myself a midlife wife. And today marks another milestone — it’s our 24th wedding anniversary. We’re still a year shy of the big 25th, but we’ve actually been together since the fall of 1979. So minus the rings and the paperwork, he’s […] [Read More]

Nurturing friendships

What a change the summer has brought! During this past school year my house was quiet (for the most part, anyway). With two away at college, we went from a household of five down to one of just three — my husband, myself and our teenage daughter. But as the school year ended and the […] [Read More]

In-law in training

How do you learn to be a good in-law? I guess I should start by trying to be like my own mother-in-law, who I love dearly. Not that being a mother-in-law is something I’ll be doing anytime soon, since none of my children are old enough to be seriously thinking about walking down the aisle. […] [Read More]
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