Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond
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Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving and G is home from school for a few days. That’s a good thing. Food is bought and preparations are nearly done to put together the traditional meal. Tomorrow, like most, we’ll gather around the table and give thanks for family and friends, health and all of the blessings we enjoy. Have a […] [Read More]

Understated, but Potter-mania nonetheless

Our house has grown up with Harry Potter. C was 10 when “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” hit the U.S. He ate it up and looked forward to each new book. We added each novel to our library and the other kids read them as well. Even as they grew — especially C, who […] [Read More]

In search of a hobby

I need a hobby. I used to have them. I played a couple of instruments, attended exercise classes on a regular basis, I read voraciously, crocheted, and admittedly, even played Dungeons and Dragons once a month with a group of work friends and some of their spouses back in the mid-80s. I’m sure I could […] [Read More]

Mandatory conversation?

Sometimes I wonder whether all of today’s technology ends up hurting us in the long run. Specifically, it seems that our communication skills are on the decline — and I worry that that includes me! When my kids or my husband have info they need to share or they need to ask me a question, […] [Read More]

New appliance fever

There’s a new refrigerator scheduled to show up at my house today and I am so excited about it, it worries me. Is it normal to have so much enthusiasm for a household appliance? Or is it yet another sign that I’m getting old and find my excitement in what most consider mundane? Our current […] [Read More]

Teens and online privacy

How many of you are Facebook friends with your older kids? We’ve had a disagreement about this in our house lately. I think I should have access to see what my kids are posting online (I do with two out of three of them); my husband thinks it’s not necessary. The thing is, I don’t […] [Read More]

Doing our part for democracy

Another election has come and gone and I feel good about it for reasons that have nothing to do with anybody who won or lost. When I showed up at my polling place, it was the first time I saw not only my husband’s signature on the voter register, but my son’s as well. Of […] [Read More]

An eager driver-to-be

Sometimes I feel like I’m the last to know in my house. Most recent case-in-point: My husband took our 15-year-old daughter out for a drive — where he let her drive. This happened a few weeks ago when I was out of town for several days. And it seems that it was a secret, until […] [Read More]

Raiding the Halloween candy

My neighborhood is a big one for trick-or-treating. It’s usual for us to get several hundred kids on Halloween. So I usually start buying candy a month or so before the big event. Buying a few bags every week is better on the budget than buying it all at once. Lately, however, that plan has […] [Read More]
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Making progress on the progress reports

Does your child’s school mail home progress reports? My daughter’s does. I don’t find them particularly helpful, however. “A pleasure to have in class.” “Doing good work.” “Inconsistent results on tests and quizzes.” OK. I guess this tells me that she’s not a trouble-maker (which I already knew) and is polite and respectful in class; […] [Read More]