After five happy years of single parenting, I married the love of my life and became a wife and parenting partner all at once. It's been an amazing journey, but I'd be a fool to expect it to be...
I know a good mom when I see one. How? I have four: a mom, step-mom, mother-in-law, and a step-mother-in-law. Collectively, they taught me that good mothering is not zero-sum, where whatever is gained by one is lost by...
I found my birth mother on February 19, 2014. One can only imagine the emotions, thoughts and questions that quickly go through someone's brain once a realization like this comes to the surface… It was hard. It was so extremely hard. Emotions...
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of “family” is: 1: a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head : household 2a: a group of persons of common ancestry : clan b: a people or group of peoples regarded...

Holiday Traditions

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In Blended Family Basics, I wrote about some of the core values we follow to raise our three kids in a blended family environment. That approach works pretty well throughout the year, but the holiday season presents a new...
I’m forty-four years old and I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.  There.  I said it.  Last October, I left behind a 20-year career at a large corporation to explore new opportunities.  I’d...

Blended Family Basics

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I’ve been part of a blended family for almost nine years.  What’s a blended family, you ask?  Remember that old TV series, The Brady Bunch?  It’s like that.  Divorced parents (usually both with kids) coming together to form a...

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The Power Of The Peeler

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The other day I was making dinner when my five year old chimes in, “Can I help?” She does this a lot.  I had a...

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