Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Carry those lost in your heart

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It’s been a very tough week. Hard to hold what’s supposed to be the joy of the holiday season in your heart. Today, moments of silence were held not just here in our corner of the earth, where the unspeakable happened a week ago today, but all over the world. There is comfort in knowing […] [Read More]

We’re all Newtown

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“You are not alone.” President Obama said those words last night at Newtown High School. He spoke during a moving service meant to start the healing process — a service that paid tribute to the 20 children and six adults who were innocent victims of a gunman’s rampage on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. […] [Read More]

The beloved (and hated) holiday letter!

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Are you checking items off your holiday to-do list? I’ve got many tasks to finish before our family spends Christmas away from home for the first time ever. And high up on that list is sending out our holiday greeting cards, which means writing the annual holiday letter. It’s a subject of controversy, I know. […] [Read More]

Say no to smart phones

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I’m about to jump off a cliff and get myself in trouble. Kids don’t need smart phones. There, I said it. We have computers for Internet access and a 12- or even 16-year-old doesn’t need to be able to google Justin Bieber from her cell phone. Don’t our kids have enough electronic distractions? Then there’s […] [Read More]

Let’s give thanks!

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Most of us have lots to be thankful for. Most of us didn’t lose our homes or possessions in Hurricane Sandy. Most of us are healthy and still have jobs and are able to take care of ourselves and our families. So let’s not forget these things as we sit down to the Thanksgiving table. […] [Read More]

Please say yes, Ms. College Admissions Officer!

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It has begun. Last night K clicked “Submit” on the first of her college applications. It was part relief, part terrifying. Being the editor that I am, I’m always afraid some detail was missed or some T wasn’t crossed. But there comes a time when you just have to go with it. You just have […] [Read More]

Marking time with school pics

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Have you gotten your kids’ school pictures yet? K had her all-important senior portrait taken and we already have our order. The 8×10 is framed and up on the piano, so my set is complete. Her brothers’ senior pictures — sadly a bit outdated at this point — flank hers. I have a tradition that […] [Read More]

That radio still works?

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Do you recognize the item in this picture? Most of our kids have never used a transistor radio, but this one was my family’s connection to the world and what was happening after we lost electricity when Hurricane Sandy hit. This little portable radio was one of my favorite possessions, a Christmas gift from circa […] [Read More]

Carrying on the voting tradition

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No matter the results of yesterday’s elections, I hope you voted. It’s a privilege that I’m happy is now extended to two out of three of our kids. (K missed out on this election by a couple of months, turning 18 in January). I’m happy to report that G sent in his absentee ballot from […] [Read More]

Giving thanks for minor inconveniences

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Isn’t it amazing what we take for granted? Things like a roof over our heads, electricity, working appliances and the ability to store food safely, cook it and put it on the table for our families. Access to hot water and being able to shower/bathe. A home that keeps us, our families — and all […] [Read More]