Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

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A reunion minus one family member

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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]
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In-law in training

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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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Bad time management?

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If only there were more hours in the day. I’d have time to exercise. And time to get all of my work done each day at the office. And time to grocery shop for fresh produce and meats every day. And time to turn those fresh produce items and meats into tasty and healthy dinners […] [Read More]

Working on that college resume

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Do you market your children for college? I’m sure it helps, given today’s competitive atmosphere. My husband, always the forward-thinker, did this for the boys. He did his best to figure out what each was interested in and get them involved in activities surrounding those interests — both academic and otherwise — in order to […] [Read More]