Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Filling the sort-of empty nest

Spring is for the birds — literally. And if I ever wondered just how I’ll begin to fill my “empty nest” years, I now know the answer. I’ll be sitting with my husband in our living room, where we have a perfect view out the French sliders of our backyard bird feeder and the variety […] [Read More]

Pushing out of the comfort zone

How often do you push yourself? Really test your limits and get out of your comfort zone? I don’t do it enough, admittedly. But a couple people I know have recently impressed me with their willingness to stretch themselves. The first is one of my kids. At 20, G is very much a social animal. […] [Read More]

The lost art of the apology

Everybody makes mistakes, but it’s those who step up and take responsibility for them who earn respect. In my opinion, this is one of the most important lessons a parent can teach. So it’s discouraging when I see the younger generation — especially teens and twenty-somethings — refuse to admit to mistakes, much less take […] [Read More]