Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

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]

Star struck

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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]