Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Weekend maintenance required

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It’s amazing how much I rely on weekends to get stuff done around the house. And when you consider that we’ve been out of town the past three of them, it’s no wonder the house is a mess and there’s a serious need for restocking in the cupboards and refrigerator. Maybe other working moms are […] [Read More]

Success on the job front!

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Today is a day to celebrate. My recent college-graduate son just accepted a job offer! It’s a co-op, not a permanent position. But it’s with a great company, making a good wage. It gets C in the door and with any luck, something permanent will open up while he’s there. If not, he gets excellent […] [Read More]

Star struck

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A reunion minus one family member

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OK, so I’m having big mother-guilt feelings about my recent decision: I am going to a family reunion without my 19-year-old son. I have been in a bit of a quandary over what to do about this for several weeks now. It’s a family reunion. It also happens to be in a place that’s about […] [Read More]

An education in socialization

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How many of you take your older kids along with you when you’re invited to someone’s house for a barbecue or casual dinner? My husband and I seem to disagree on this matter. He thinks the kids should always be in tow and I don’t see any reason to bring them if they’re just going […] [Read More]

Prepping for vacation prep

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Why does it sometimes seem like getting a family ready to be somewhere at a specific time can be like trying to shove an elephant into a Volkswagen? Especially when you’re trying to pack for any time away — then add in the time necessary to prepare the car for a long drive. In my […] [Read More]

Oh, to be so spontaneous!

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Is spontaneity a sign of youth? It seems my kids’ plans change on a minute-by-minute basis. First I’m told they’re doing one thing, then something else, then they go back to Plan A, and so on and so on. I’m sure I was like this when I was their age. But now, I tend to […] [Read More]

Happy anniversary

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I know this blog is called Midlife Mom, but I could also call myself a midlife wife. And today marks another milestone — it’s our 24th wedding anniversary. We’re still a year shy of the big 25th, but we’ve actually been together since the fall of 1979. So minus the rings and the paperwork, he’s […] [Read More]