I bounce.I sing.I snack.I overshare.I overthink.I laugh.I hug too tight and feel too much.I procrastinate and don’t text back and get distracted (squirrel!) This is me on a normal day. It’s also me in quarantine — except, my family is … Continue reading 3+ME: Laugh. It’s good for you (and your stepkids. Even after you almost punch them)
“I need makeup,” I told my stepson. We were in costume to role-play his latest adventure. He was going to be a shadow demon, while his dad and I were warriors. However, as a warrior, a sweater and jeans would … Continue reading 3+ME: Intimidating and beautiful
Bad stuff, like actual Bad stuff with a capital B, happens to Other People. All the sad news you read about, the horror stories you hear, the suffering people go through — it’s all terrible. But it happens to Them. … Continue reading 3+ME: Bad stuff happens to Other People
I need. Need. Need. My alone time. (I’m selfish that way. Like seriously you have no idea.) So over a year ago, I tried going to the coffee shop before the kids woke up in the mornings. That way I … Continue reading 3+ME: Girl-time > me-time (sometimes)
There’s this comic of two adults watching a kid play. Then a meteor hits the kid. That’s usually how I approach my stepkids. If they’re outside and one falls down, I just keep smiling and brush it off; they knew … Continue reading 3+ME: A four-letter word beginning with F
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
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
“Can you reach that for me?” “How do you cook a spaghetti squash?” “Why is the Xbox going so slow?” “Did we use Drano in the sink?” “What’s the Internet password? Again?” There is only one person in our house … Continue reading 3+ME: This dad can solve any problem. As long as it’s before 2:08 a.m.