“Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t make it wrong.” That’s what I told my stepson one day, driving him and his sister to a school rollerskate party. I was talking about music on that particular day, because his sister … Continue reading 3+ME: It’s okay to dance to your own music
Most things come to an end. School is over when you graduate. Vacation is over when you go back to work. Lunch is over when you reach into your bag and realize you’ve already eaten all the food you packed … Continue reading 3+ME: This is the job that never ends
“Didn’t we JUST buy that bathing suit? What do you mean, it doesn’t fit?” — Me, to my 8-year-old stepdaughter Kids outgrow clothes too fast. That’s just one of the reasons why I like to shop at Savers. If you’ve … Continue reading 3+ME: Kids outgrow clothes, but hopefully not money lessons
It’s good to have goals. It’s also good to learn from, uh, messing up on those goals every once in a while. (Or if you’re ambitious, possibly more than once in a while.) Two weeks ago, I wrote a column … Continue reading 3+ME: Do’s and don’ts of stepparent staycationing
This isn’t a real word — If by “real,” we mean something found in Merriam-Webster. The word is “sonder,” and it was invented by a person who, well, invents words — a guy named John Koenig — and compiles them … Continue reading 3+ME: Everyone’s story is as complicated as yours
Ah, summer and part-time custody. If you’ve got a blended family like ours, chances are summers toss a few curveballs over home plate. Or at the very least, over home itself. I guess that’s generically true for any family — … Continue reading 3+ME: A stepmom’s summertime, and the livin’ is … easy?
Give a child a sledgehammer. Then get out of the way. Because apparently when you have a deck that needs demolishing, kids get really excited about helping. Particularly boys. I know this because we in fact had a deck that … Continue reading 3+ME: Smashing things and building friendships