Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Surprise, Surprise!

It’s fun to surprise someone, especially when you know the surprise is a good one and something the recipient is going to love. I’ve managed to pull off a few genuine surprises in my lifetime, mostly things for the kids but every once in a while, something for my husband. It’s not easy, as most […] [Read More]

Reaching midlife — for real

I’ve been thinking way too much about age lately. That’s because today is my birthday — and it’s a big one. Age has never really bothered me. In fact, when I was in my late 20s I used to tell people who asked that I was 31. Go figure! For whatever misguided reason, I convinced […] [Read More]

How old are you?

Age is so relative. Or at least that’s what boomers tell ourselves as we get older — and do a good job of perpetuating among society in general. When we were kids, we probably looked at people who were 40 and thought they were old! Think back to your elementary school teachers. Now, 40 is […] [Read More]
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Love my work life

Being a magazine editor can be trying, but it’s also a lot of fun. I know I don’t usually write about work in this blog (it’s called Midlife Mom and I’m supposed to write about family stuff and raising kids). But work is a big part of my life, so today I’m changing direction. We’ve […] [Read More]

Parental attendance required?

Do you go to all of your children’s extra-curricular activities? And should we feel guilty if we don’t? With kids ranging in age from just shy of 23 down to just-turned 16, I’ve definitely been to my fair share. I’d say I attended 75 percent of the boys’ hockey games over the years, which was […] [Read More]

Staying in my comfort zone — and off the bus!

Would you want to ride on a bus with 25 or so high school cheerleaders? I’m not talking a 20-minute trip to a local competition. I’m talking 13-plus hours over the course of a weekend that involves two very big tournaments very far away from each other — and home. My daughter’s team leaves today […] [Read More]

Tired of winter yet?

It’s interesting how people’s view of the snow and wintery weather seems to hinge on their age. When our kids are small, they can’t wait to go out and play in it. I have memories of wet snow pants and mittens and coats and boots and hats and scarves scattered all over the house, by […] [Read More]