Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

A new era in Christmas gift-giving

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Recently I heard another mother discussing her Christmas shopping dilemma and the angst she was feeling. You see, the items on her children’s wish lists were beginning to move from the get-everything-they-want-at-ToysRUs-for-$200-per-kid stage into that digital, electronic, can’t-find-one-item-for-less-than-$100 era. This totally changes the Santa dynamic and it’s been my challenge every Christmas for about the […] [Read More]

Holidays are here!

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Are you ready for the holidays? I’m not, but that’s nothing new. Aside from my husband and children, most of the rest of my family lives far away — far enough that family gatherings are few and far between. So most holidays, it’s just the five of us. This year is an exception, as my […] [Read More]

Overcoming a character flaw

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Do I have a character flaw? One that means I have no willpower or the backbone to stay disciplined when it comes to eating and exercising? I had dinner with a friend not too long ago and at one point during our lovely evening out the conversation — as it always tends to do when […] [Read More]

Using the teaching moment

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Life’s not fair. Most of us know this, but for our kids, it can be a tough lesson. We teach them that if they work hard and play by the rules, good things will happen. And thankfully, much of the time that’s the case. But what if they do those things and life hands them […] [Read More]

Don’t forget to say thanks

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How often do you say thanks? I don’t do it enough and need to be better about it. And I’m not talking about thanking someone if they pay you a compliment or expressing gratitude to a friend who helps you solve a problem. Most of us know when to say thank you in social situations […] [Read More]

Hats off to runners!

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I’ve always had admiration for runners — especially long-distance runners. The dedication and hard work it takes is beyond my comprehension! I don’t think anyone in my family would label themselves a runner. Although my husband runs on the treadmill as part of his daily workouts, he’s never been among the people you see running […] [Read More]

Living with no power

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How many of us are tied to our Blackberries or iPhones? Or maybe we don’t leave home without our laptops or other electronic devices that keep us “connected.” Problem is, none of these devices work when there’s no power — at least not for long without benefit of an electrical outlet and charging unit. So […] [Read More]

I have to exercise, right?

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I’m about to make a confession that will resonate with some of you and have others thinking I’ve got a major character flaw that revolves around laziness. I am stuck in a rut — a rut I can’t seem to get out of even though intellectually, I know how to get out of it. And […] [Read More]

Decisions, decisions…

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Are you an over-thinker, or maybe a people-pleaser? I’m guilty on both counts, but when you put those two things together, it creates a lot of head chatter — and sometimes indecisiveness. When pondering a decision, do you think about what you want? Or do you think about what your husband, kids, friends or whoever […] [Read More]

Teen talk

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How are your communication skills? And do they work with a teenager? Mine don’t seem to be so sharp these days! As any of you who have teens know, getting them to talk isn’t always easy. They’re at a stage where their friends are a much more important influence and keeping information from their parents […] [Read More]