Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

An eager driver-to-be

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Sometimes I feel like I’m the last to know in my house. Most recent case-in-point: My husband took our 15-year-old daughter out for a drive — where he let her drive. This happened a few weeks ago when I was out of town for several days. And it seems that it was a secret, until […] [Read More]

Raiding the Halloween candy

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My neighborhood is a big one for trick-or-treating. It’s usual for us to get several hundred kids on Halloween. So I usually start buying candy a month or so before the big event. Buying a few bags every week is better on the budget than buying it all at once. Lately, however, that plan has […] [Read More]
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Making progress on the progress reports

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Does your child’s school mail home progress reports? My daughter’s does. I don’t find them particularly helpful, however. “A pleasure to have in class.” “Doing good work.” “Inconsistent results on tests and quizzes.” OK. I guess this tells me that she’s not a trouble-maker (which I already knew) and is polite and respectful in class; […] [Read More]

Adding that third car

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Confession time. I am not a parent who bought their kids cars when they turned 16. In fact, with the exception of a very small window of time, we were never more than a two-car family even when two out of three kids were licensed to be behind the wheel. Sure, I know many parents […] [Read More]

Jumping back in after a time-out

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Time to re-enter the blogosphere. I haven’t posted in a week because, like many of you, I’ve had to take some time to deal with a family crisis. My dad needed some serious surgery and because my folks live several states away, I have been a bit preoccupied with the worry that comes with such […] [Read More]