For All the Moms in the Middle

It’s May — the month we celebrate mothers. So, I’m devoting this month to sharing some resources about motherhood I hope others will find helpful, or maybe just funny.

Here on my website, I have a Resources page where I offer free downloadable PDFs of my favorite books on these topics:

  • The Life of Faith
  • The Craft of Writing

On this page, you’ll notice a third section called The Gift of Motherhood. This list is forthcoming because I’m still curating it. But I’ll admit, this has been more challenging than the other two lists. Not because there aren’t a lot books available on motherhood, but because there are so many! It’s taking some time to read through the massive stack I’ve accumulated in order to do this list justice. So, I’m working on it, and I welcome your input.

What are your most-loved books on motherhood?

Click on this link to share your favorite books on this topic.

In the meantime, I’m sharing links to some of my all-time favorite blog articles on motherhood that talk about, ahem, the later years. These articles were published quite some time ago, but they might as well be digital classics (especially the first two.)



“To the Middle Season Mamma in May” by Lesley Ryden

“We only thought we were tired when they were babies, right? We only thought it was exhausting to get up with them in the middle of the night just to hold and rock them. Ha! Now, some of them are up at 5:30am for cross-country/basketball/football/2-a-days, and some are still out at 11pm for rehearsals/games/dates/movies. I literally cannot stay up later than my kids do. But when I turn out the light and get under the covers, at least partially at peace with whatever the plan is for the rest of the night, they don’t even notice.”

“Dear Lonely Mom of Older Kids” by Rachel Anne Ridge

“I’ve noticed a conspicuous absence of mom-bloggers with older kids. A whole lot less sharing and swapping of kid stories. Almost no teenage birthday party ideas on Pinterest. Mom conferences that seem to focus on young families. The online world just sort of goes quiet for the moms of pre-teens, teenagers and young adults. Except for the scary stories of kids and families gone wrong. It’s not real comforting. I’ve been thinking about you, mama. I want you to know that you aren’t alone.”

“Parenting Kids over 18 Is Still Parenting. You Just Get Less Control and the Stakes Are Higher.” by Meagan Francis

“When my five kids were small, I naively saw the age of 18 as the light at the end of the tunnel. During that sleepless stretch in which my life felt like an endless blur of night feedings, diapers, bandaging boo-boos and navigating piles of sippy-cups and sippy-cup lids that never seemed to match, I looked forward to my kids’ legal adulthood as a kind of finish line. . . . Now, with two of my children well past voting age and their three other siblings hurtling ever-faster toward that benchmark, I can look back at my former self and say with the benefit of hindsight: Hahahaha!”



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Denise J. Hughes

Denise J. Hughes

Denise writes about “the quiet life.” It’s a vision for living counter-culturally in a loud and restless world. Denise lives in North Carolina with her husband and three kids.