Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Prepping for vacation prep

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Why does it sometimes seem like getting a family ready to be somewhere at a specific time can be like trying to shove an elephant into a Volkswagen? Especially when you’re trying to pack for any time away — then add in the time necessary to prepare the car for a long drive. In my […] [Read More]

Oh, to be so spontaneous!

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Is spontaneity a sign of youth? It seems my kids’ plans change on a minute-by-minute basis. First I’m told they’re doing one thing, then something else, then they go back to Plan A, and so on and so on. I’m sure I was like this when I was their age. But now, I tend to […] [Read More]

Happy anniversary

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I know this blog is called Midlife Mom, but I could also call myself a midlife wife. And today marks another milestone — it’s our 24th wedding anniversary. We’re still a year shy of the big 25th, but we’ve actually been together since the fall of 1979. So minus the rings and the paperwork, he’s […] [Read More]

Nurturing friendships

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What a change the summer has brought! During this past school year my house was quiet (for the most part, anyway). With two away at college, we went from a household of five down to one of just three — my husband, myself and our teenage daughter. But as the school year ended and the […] [Read More]
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In-law in training

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How do you learn to be a good in-law? I guess I should start by trying to be like my own mother-in-law, who I love dearly. Not that being a mother-in-law is something I’ll be doing anytime soon, since none of my children are old enough to be seriously thinking about walking down the aisle. […] [Read More]
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Bad time management?

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If only there were more hours in the day. I’d have time to exercise. And time to get all of my work done each day at the office. And time to grocery shop for fresh produce and meats every day. And time to turn those fresh produce items and meats into tasty and healthy dinners […] [Read More]

Working on that college resume

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Do you market your children for college? I’m sure it helps, given today’s competitive atmosphere. My husband, always the forward-thinker, did this for the boys. He did his best to figure out what each was interested in and get them involved in activities surrounding those interests — both academic and otherwise — in order to […] [Read More]

Letting them go

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I’m thinking the fact that my boys no longer want to spend time with their family means we’ve done a good job raising them, right? Each has become his own person, with his own friends and interests, exerting his independence. After all, isn’t that the point of raising children? We love them and we nurture […] [Read More]
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Surviving the sleepover

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Another school year has come and gone and this year, we let our 15-year-old daughter celebrate with a slumber party. This was my husband’s doing. I’m the party pooper here, usually nixing slumber party plans — or at least cutting the invite list way back. But my daughter asked her father for permission and he […] [Read More]
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The life of a juggler

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Sometimes I feel like a circus juggler — one who is surprised she hasn’t dropped the balls, clubs, flaming torches or shiny knives more than she has. The other day I was having a conversation with a co-worker who was upset because she got so busy with everything on her family’s schedule that she forgot […] [Read More]
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