Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Happy Thanksgiving

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It’s Thanksgiving and G is home from school for a few days. That’s a good thing. Food is bought and preparations are nearly done to put together the traditional meal. Tomorrow, like most, we’ll gather around the table and give thanks for family and friends, health and all of the blessings we enjoy. Have a […] [Read More]

Understated, but Potter-mania nonetheless

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Our house has grown up with Harry Potter. C was 10 when “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” hit the U.S. He ate it up and looked forward to each new book. We added each novel to our library and the other kids read them as well. Even as they grew — especially C, who […] [Read More]

In search of a hobby

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I need a hobby. I used to have them. I played a couple of instruments, attended exercise classes on a regular basis, I read voraciously, crocheted, and admittedly, even played Dungeons and Dragons once a month with a group of work friends and some of their spouses back in the mid-80s. I’m sure I could […] [Read More]

Mandatory conversation?

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Sometimes I wonder whether all of today’s technology ends up hurting us in the long run. Specifically, it seems that our communication skills are on the decline — and I worry that that includes me! When my kids or my husband have info they need to share or they need to ask me a question, […] [Read More]

New appliance fever

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There’s a new refrigerator scheduled to show up at my house today and I am so excited about it, it worries me. Is it normal to have so much enthusiasm for a household appliance? Or is it yet another sign that I’m getting old and find my excitement in what most consider mundane? Our current […] [Read More]

Teens and online privacy

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How many of you are Facebook friends with your older kids? We’ve had a disagreement about this in our house lately. I think I should have access to see what my kids are posting online (I do with two out of three of them); my husband thinks it’s not necessary. The thing is, I don’t […] [Read More]

Doing our part for democracy

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Another election has come and gone and I feel good about it for reasons that have nothing to do with anybody who won or lost. When I showed up at my polling place, it was the first time I saw not only my husband’s signature on the voter register, but my son’s as well. Of […] [Read More]