Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Feeling disconnected

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Do you ever feel disconnected to your family? I’ve been feeling that way for a week or so now because I’ve been getting home from work later than usual. Last night everyone was already in bed when I got back, which was unusual considering that it was 9:45 and usually people are still up until […] [Read More]

Encouraging the chef within

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I’ve decided I’m going to have more “formal” cooking lessons for K. She loves to bake and has taught herself to follow recipes. Over the summer, she’d get the urge to be creative in the kitchen on those days when she didn’t have anything in particular to do. Often I’d come home from work to […] [Read More]
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Encouraging the chef within

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I’ve decided I’m going to have more “formal” cooking lessons for K. She loves to bake and has taught herself to follow recipes. Over the summer, she’d get the urge to be creative in the kitchen on those days when she didn’t have anything in particular to do. Often I’d come home from work to […] [Read More]
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Oh, to be Sweet 16

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Have Sweet 16 parties always been prevalent here? Where I grew up in the Midwest they were not. Our version of a Sweet 16 was a big slumber party in the birthday girl’s house. And none of this mixed boys and girls stuff, either. Slumber parties for us may have meant we spent the night […] [Read More]

Teaching good food habits — or not

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How much do you worry about what you feed your family? I’m now worried that I’ve taken much too relaxed of an attitude with mine — and now it’s too late to change their habits because the kids are older. When they were smaller and we had nightly family dinners, I think we ate relatively […] [Read More]

Oh, to be young

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Are you ever shocked to look in the mirror and see an old person? I don’t know why my reflection still surprises me. Maybe it’s because I thought I’d always be skinny! Or because I really don’t feel any different on the inside than when I was 30… or 40… or even 25, and I […] [Read More]
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Kids and their music!

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My parents knew exactly what type of music I listened to. This is because I played records on a portable turntable. You probably remember the kind, where the speakers opened up like doors and the turntable pulled down. I turned up the volume when I played music in my bedroom and was not inhibited about […] [Read More]
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Enjoying the peace — and quiet

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The sound of quiet! It’s not something I hear all that often, even with the kids mostly grown and doing their own thing. Right now I’m sitting at my kitchen table, working on my laptop writing this blog and there is quiet all around me. K is doing homework up in her room and C […] [Read More]
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Obligatory school supplies

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Remember the days when you didn’t need a list of school supplies? When you just went out and bought paper and put it into a 3-ring binder, or bought spiral notebooks and used them until they were gone, then bought another. If you needed graph paper you went out and bought it when it was […] [Read More]
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Learning to appreciate mom and dad

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It’s a given — most kids take their parents for granted. From the time they’re little, we do things for them and take care of them. They grow to expect that we’ll always be there. As they get older they give us less attention, become more independent, need us less, but still, take for granted […] [Read More]
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