Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Boys vs. girls

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Boys are easier to raise than girls. That’s my blanket statement as a mom to three, two of them boys. K is our only girl and also the baby in the family. As such, I’m sure she’s benefited from a more relaxed parenting style that comes after you’ve been through it once or twice. Her […] [Read More]

Back to college

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Sometimes I feel like our front door is revolving. After a summer at home, our middle child has returned to college, where he is proud to be a sophomore and back in his element. He’s surrounded by others his own age, good friends he’s made and, most important, his girlfriend. G was patient and understanding […] [Read More]

Laundry instructions take a new spin

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It’s been suggested to me that I should create and hang a poster in our laundry room that gives a step-by-step explanation of how to separate clothes and what temperatures and cycles on which the various loads need to be washed and dried. It makes me cringe. Why should I have to do that? I […] [Read More]

Running to their rescue?

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OK, so I know I wrote about this “Mama Bear” thing last week, but I have to revisit. It’s one thing to worry about our kids and want to shelter them from being hurt. But how often do you run to their rescue? And by that I mean are you one of those mothers who’ll […] [Read More]

Out of milk — again!

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Am I the only one who ever notices that we’re out of milk? More to the point, is there a reason why one of three other drivers in the house can’t run out and get a new gallon if they see we need it? “No one asked,” or “I didn’t know you wanted me to” […] [Read More]

Once a mama bear, always a mama bear

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Does that mother’s instinct to always want to jump in and save your child from getting hurt ever go away? I’m guessing the answer is no. I have a hard time, sometimes, stopping myself from interfering. There are times when I’m pretty certain one of the kids is headed for heartache or a big disappointment […] [Read More]

Weekend maintenance required

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It’s amazing how much I rely on weekends to get stuff done around the house. And when you consider that we’ve been out of town the past three of them, it’s no wonder the house is a mess and there’s a serious need for restocking in the cupboards and refrigerator. Maybe other working moms are […] [Read More]
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Success on the job front!

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Today is a day to celebrate. My recent college-graduate son just accepted a job offer! It’s a co-op, not a permanent position. But it’s with a great company, making a good wage. It gets C in the door and with any luck, something permanent will open up while he’s there. If not, he gets excellent […] [Read More]