Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

They don’t call it ‘under’wear for nothing

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Sometimes I wonder if fashion will ever return to the day when showing your underwear wasn’t part of the look. For females, that means the bra and the straps that hold it up, as well as the top of the thong that peeks out from the low-rise jeans. For males, that means the boxer shorts […] [Read More]

Supporting your adult child?

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Parenting is expensive. From diapers and formula to preschool and summer camps, travel hockey, gymnastics, clothes, shoes, computers and electronic gadgets — then on to college — families today spend mega bucks raising children. So what would you think about letting your gainfully employed, college-graduate child live with you for four years after earning that […] [Read More]

Starting the pre-college purge

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Anybody want a cute little gray dwarf rabbit? Gracie has been K’s pet for about the past 6 years and, call me a bad mother, but I do not want to have to clean her cage and take care of her come late August, when K goes off to college. So we told K she’s […] [Read More]

Remember, most people are good-doers

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How many terrorists do you personally know? Or murderers or thieves or rapists or other evil-doers? Those who set out specifically to harm as many innocent people as they possibly can. Zero. That’s how many I know, and I’ll bet that’s how many you know, too. None of us should ever forget that there are […] [Read More]

Fewer teens behind the wheel?

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Do you worry that your kids spend too much time online? I do. Particularly our youngest, who’s 18 and never seems to shut off her laptop while she’s home unless she has her iPod with wifi in hand. I shudder to think what she’d do with a smart phone (which I refuse to buy). I’ve […] [Read More]

Moving up the parent ladder

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Recently my husband and I went to a birthday party for two very adorable one-year-olds. The twin daughters of our good friends, we were happy to be part of their celebration. Like so many couples today, they postponed starting a family. So even though they aren’t that much younger than my husband and I, we […] [Read More]

One step closer to the empty nest

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What a strange (but awesome) feeling. I can discard the stacks and bags of college brochures, catalogs and printouts of courses and curriculum based on majors. After hearing back from all of the schools to which she applied, our daughter — and baby of the family — has made her choice. The admission and housing […] [Read More]

In pursuit of a hobby

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It’s high time I started pursing a hobby. It’s rather embarrassing, actually, that I even admit to not having one. Sure, I enjoy cooking when it’s relaxing and I’m not pressured to have a clean house at the same time because company is coming over! And I do enjoy going for a hike, although my […] [Read More]