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
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
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.
You can’t control a lot of things. Like sleep. You can’t really control how fast or slow you fall asleep. No matter how tired you are, sometimes you just can’t catch any shuteye. And sometimes no matter how awake you … Continue reading 3+ME: Staying awake for the world of preteens
Roses are red. Thorns make us feel blue. Sometimes life isn’t awesome — Tell your stepkids the truth. “What was the worst part of your day?” my stepdaughter’s little voice asked over the dinner table. The worst part of my … Continue reading 3+ME: Be honest about the thorns, too