“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
#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?
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
Apparently today is Easter. I completely forgot. Until five days ago, anyway. I mean, yes, I’ve seen ads for Easter, and promotions, and decorations. My mom was even talking about making a bunny cake and coloring eggs this weekend with … Continue reading 3+ME: Random acts of kindness don’t have to include snacks (but it’s nice when they do)
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!)
The world is full of beliefs, and we want the kids to understand that In a dark world ruled by dragons, a band of heroes comes to the rescue of hundreds of imprisoned humans. The heroes try to persuade the … Continue reading 3+ME: Fantasy, faith, and the trouble with church (part 2)
When you’re torn in different religious directions, what’s an Adult With Kids to do? Concert lights. Video games. A coffee shop complete with lattes, pastries and comfy seating. One doesn’t usually associate these things with a place of worship. But … Continue reading 3+ME: Coffee, faith and the trouble with church (part 1)