Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Filling the sort-of empty nest

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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

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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

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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]