The Ultimate List of Cheats on Midlife Parenting

I’ll be the first to admit, I avoided having kids like the plague for many years. Then it dawned on me, I would love to become a Mom. That was 14 years ago! As luck would have it, I became a Mom to twins right in the middle of midlife. How’s the ride been so far? It’s been a long strange trip, but well worth the effort!

I can only imagine what it’s like to have kids in your 20’s or 30’s. Perhaps it a bit easier, or maybe not.  I’ll never know. As I move through the teenage years, as a middle of the road Mom, I have developed a “cheat sheet” on how to breeze through this midlife parenting thing as solid and peaceful as possible, JK!! (just kidding)

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Know that it’s perfectly OK to live your life in sort of a haze, maybe even a purple haze (you deserve it).
  • Always nap when you can, this applies to parents of all ages.
  • It’s OK to learn from the younger parents, they are a godsend, they’ll teach you how to relax.
  • Can’t recall those glorious high school days? Google it, your kids will never know the difference.
  • Let the kids do the heavy-lifting, always.
  • If you have a teenage son, and I do, try not to be upset when he looks at you mortified when he hears you singing a tune from the 70’s, he’ll get over it, with minimal damage, of course.
  • If someone else wants to drive to an event, let them, it’s OK, they know you’re in bed by 9pm
  • When shopping with a teenage daughter, always scope out a comfortable chair, you’re in for the long haul.
  • On the same note, please don’t entertain the idea of  shopping where your daughter does for clothing, she won’t admit it, but she will be terrified at your choices.
  • Rejoice! Tie Dye t-shirts are in again, relive the 70’s! Go for it! This one applies to any age.
  • Know that at midlife, you are probably the one person who can out-sleep a teenager!
  • When your kids talk, listen, but take notes, you’ll need them later to remember what they said.
  • Stock up on Ibuprofen.
  • Your kids will get used to your talk of “hot flashes” and mood swings, they may even fetch you a fan!
  • At midlife, cherish those moments when you do connect with your teens, it’s a miracle to be on the same page, given the age difference.
  • And last but not least, keep the small talk to a minimum (in front of their friends), they know you’re “older than the hills,” but they love you anyway!

If you’re a midlife Mom, and you have some sure-fire ways to raise your kids on the fly during mid-life, please let me know, I could use the advice and the laugh!!


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  1. Linda Manns Linneman | 29th Mar 16

    I think no matter what your age, we learn as we go. We be the best that we can be. THe most important thing is to always be there for your children. Let them know that they can always talk to you. Love them and let them know you love them every day. Take time for yourself. This will definitely help you with the day to day hassles. Thank you for sharing

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