#bonusmomnotstepmom A friend hashtagged a social media post with this a few weeks ago, and I paused when I saw it. I understood why she’d written it. Her blended family situation is very different from mine: She’s the full-time maternal … Continue reading 3+ME: ‘Stepkid’ vs. ‘my kid’: How important are the names we use?
You never know what you’ve got til it’s gone, they say. But I’m an editor, and I’d like to reconstruct that sentiment a bit: You never know what you’re missing til you’ve found it. Really, you don’t. You can spend … Continue reading 3+ME: Two years of the four of us
Life is “supposed to” be a blank canvas, but stepmoms don’t really fit into “supposed to.” Ever been to a paint night? You know the kind, where the instructor takes you step by step through the process of conquering a … Continue reading 3+ME: A masterpiece someone else started
Sometimes unexpected annoyances lead to awesome experiences Don’t leave your wallet at the office. It’s a good rule of thumb, ya know? But I did. On a Friday, no less, so I wouldn’t even be back to pick it up … Continue reading 3+ME: Forget your purse, find yourself in the 1930s
In part-time custody, the kids have two houses, and that can complicate things It shouldn’t have been phrased as a question. “Do you want to come to our house tonight?” It ought to have been a statement, not an option. … Continue reading 3+ME: Why a “vacation” home is the worst
Most goals (like a second-grade research project) aren’t actually hard; they just take time Here at The Herald News, we have a scary elevator. From what I understand, it’s the second oldest in Massachusetts, and it took me a while … Continue reading 3+ME: Goals? Take the stairs
A live painting, a scavenger hunt, and talking to humans I don’t like talking to humans. My stepkids don’t like coloring books. For last week’s Bristol County Home & Garden Show, both dislikes posed a problem. Let’s start with my … Continue reading 3+ME: Try something different (like meeting readers!)