Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

The cost of parenthood

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  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!

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  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]

What’s in a curfew?

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Do you stay up until the witching hour? By that I mean your teen’s curfew. Or do you go to bed and just assume they’re coming home when you told them to? I’ve done some of both, but am curious if there’s a normal pattern of parental behavior here. Of course it comes down to […] [Read More]

New-driver eagerness

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Do you remember when you first learned to drive? First got your license? And the first time you got the car keys and went somewhere by yourself? I don’t. But it’s been many, many years since all of that happened for me. K, who recently got her driver’s license, is doing a safe-driving program through […] [Read More]

Sitting in the pediatrician’s office…

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It’s a little awkward sitting in the pediatrician’s office with your 18-year-old. Do you watch the cartoons playing on the waiting room TV? Or let your eyes wander over the Disney or nursery rhyme prints on the wall? Maybe you make due reading the selection of magazines geared to parents of young children or the […] [Read More]

An orientation surprise!

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My daughter has a condom in her college orientation packet! Is that normal? Granted, you find them in most vending machines on most college campuses these days, but seeing that little package through the translucent folder still took me by surprise. I don’t think it was in there when she first picked up the packet. […] [Read More]

Stop the clock!

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Make it stop! I feel like my whole world is falling apart and I’d love to know how the rest of you dealt with all of the changes that come when your kids are grown up. I was spoiled. Our oldest lived at home for three years after graduating college. It made things seem “normal.” […] [Read More]

Taking back the house

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We’re in the process of taking back space — specifically, the bedroom our boys shared for most of their childhood. In the span of a couple of weeks, both of our sons (ages 25 and 22) moved out. It’s as it should be, I suppose, but I still can’t help but be a little sad. […] [Read More]