Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

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]