Parenting

What Has Changed Since My Blended Family Broke Up

Parenting is hard. And in this landscape of uncertainty, fewer things are harder than becoming a blended family. Mom. Dad. Stepmom. Stepdad. Biological kids. Step kids. Joining two familial units that existed independently for any amount of time is no easy task. Two people with even slightly varying parenting styles and philosophies suddenly have to try to get on the…

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Parenting

How It Feels To Become The “Un-Fun” Parent After Divorce

Every Friday as I leave for work, I know that while I’ll see my oldest daughter when I get home from work, I won’t see my youngest again until Monday. The is the routine her father and I have unofficially adopted since our recent separation. She spends the week at home – since she has school. And then on the weekends…

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Parenting

The Last Year Of Santa Claus?

Disclaimer: If you have a kid next to you who still believes in Santa AND can read, you’ll want to bookmark this for later. My youngest daughter still believes in Santa. She made her Christmas list, has been reminding me everyday that we need to drop it in the mailbox at the mall, and is looking forward to the jolly man…

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Mental Health, Parenting

To Cry Or Not To Cry In Front Of Your Kids?

Crying is instinctual. It’s one of the first things we do when we enter the world. Nobody teaches us how. It’s second nature, like breathing. It’s our only way of communicating our needs before we learn to talk. So why, if it’s so natural, does it become taboo later in life? Do you ever feel like you need to cry,…

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Parenting

Help! I’m Sending My Youngest Off To Kindergarten.

I can’t believe it’s already August – the Sunday of summer. Pretty soon summer vacation will be over. It’s time to get back to a routine. Time to buy backpacks and supplies and uniforms. The end of summer is always bittersweet. My soon-to-be 4th grader loves school and is always excited to go back. But I must admit, I love…

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