Midlife Mom

Navigating the teen years… and beyond

Show a Little Kindness

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Do you sometimes have to remind yourself to be kind to your family? I do, and it’s embarrassing to admit. I wish it didn’t happen and hope I’m not the only one who admits to guilt here. Stress, grudges, hurt feelings… whatever. You know how we often can hold onto all of the wrongs we […] [Read More]

Living Mediterranean style

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It’s no breaking news that a Mediterranean diet is probably one of the most healthy ways you can eat. My husband and I are trying to focus on this food philosophy, and I’m hoping we can get the kids eating more like Europeans. Even though American junk food is exported worldwide, the Europeans, for the […] [Read More]

What to buy at the grocery store?

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I thought I was a fairly decent grocery shopper. Over the last few years I’ve cut way back on the junk so many of us buy out of convenience. And when I cook dinner, I generally use fresh ingredients and minimal processed items. But the other day a family member who shall remain nameless pointed […] [Read More]

Pocket call phenomenon

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My kids have now entered the world of the “pocket” call. Used to be when I picked up an incoming call and heard static and muffled voices, it was my husband, whose phone — unbeknownst to him — was dialing me up all on its own, almost always while being jostled around in his pants […] [Read More]

One step closer to a goal

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Don’t you love it when you see your kids grow? And I’m not talking height. I’m referring to watching them become adults. When they set goals, work for something and are on the cusp of realizing their dreams. It’s an exciting week on this front for me, as G begins his student teaching. He’s been […] [Read More]

Plotting germ warfare

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Germ avoidance has begun. How do you keep colds/flu from spreading like wildfire in your house? The boys were sidelined recently for several days with a terrible cold. Now K has been hit with what I think might be the flu — horrible congestion, cough, can’t breathe, achy and running a fever. I don’t want […] [Read More]

The battle of the dishwasher

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To rinse or not to rinse, that’s the question in our house. I’m talking about the dishes, of course, which would go straight from the kitchen table into the dishwasher if most of my family members had their way. “You don’t have to wash the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher,” my kids […] [Read More]

Dreading the family transition

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I am now officially the mother of three adults — at least on paper. The baby of the family turned 18 this week and when she goes off to college in the fall, the home dynamic will shift. Of course, add her departure to our middle child graduating from college in the spring (and likely […] [Read More]