Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond
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Learning to budget — or not!

Sometimes I think the word budget has been stricken from the vocabulary of many teens and twenty-somethings. They struggle with the concept of making the $500 in their bank account last until such time that said bank account is replenished. If the money is there, it must be OK to spend it, right? All my […] [Read More]
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The health care learning curve

Sometimes I wish my kids were still little. Parenting challenges, in my opinion, seem to grow as they age. Have your grown children learned to navigate their own health care, for example? And how is that learning process going? Remember the days when you used to call their doctor, get needed questions answered and figure […] [Read More]

Cell phone ‘progress?’

Do you ever wish you could turn back the clock to the days before cell phones? I sure do! OK, so they’re great for emergencies. And when we’re places where we can’t be connected to anyone any other way. But do we really have to speak to someone the instant we think about it, or […] [Read More]

Time for an overhaul!

Like myself, I think most parents want to leave a better world behind for our kids and grandkids. Which is yet another reason why the recent events in Washington have me discouraged. I don’t generally talk politics and I don’t pick my friends based on their political beliefs. Sure, I have definite thoughts about how […] [Read More]

A case of bad timing

Like clockwork, the school calendar arrived every year in our mailbox the first week of classes. Before I would sit down and diligently go through it, transferring important events/information onto our family calendar that hangs on the fridge, I’d first thumb through it looking for pictures of my kids. On nearly every page there was […] [Read More]

Enjoying the rest of summer

Did you get in all of your fun before summer’s end? That question — and other takes on it — began to annoy my husband over this past Labor Day weekend. It’s not the end of summer — at least for us it’s not. I guess that’s the benefit of no longer having small children […] [Read More]

A kid-free home

This past weekend marked a major milestone for my husband and me. There are no kids in our house. Of course, that’s happened before. When they were off at camp or sleeping over at a friend’s house. Or one of them was at college. But that always involved a return home so that most of […] [Read More]

Follow FDR’s parenting advice

I read a quote recently that was attributed to Franklin D. Roosevelt: “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” My guess is that most of us try to do just that. But the whole topic has me a little […] [Read More]

The cost of parenthood

  My family is priceless — literally. And so is yours. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, today’s kids cost an average of more than $241,000 — and that only gets you to age 18 and doesn’t include college! Plus, the numbers indicate that households with an annual income of more […] [Read More]

Here comes college!

  Over the past couple of weeks there have been an increasing number of Facebook posts from my friends who can’t believe how quickly time has flown by. How they’re about to take their child off to college. I can relate. I’m about to do the same, although I’ve been relatively quiet about it on […] [Read More]
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