When I first became a stepmom, I thought I had at least a vague idea of what I was getting into. Sure, I didn’t have kids of my own, but how hard could this be? I was always great with kids and I was so head over heels with my husband that I was happy to step up and take on this challenge. Well, speaking of challenge, I’ve definitely encountered lots of them over my … [Read more...] about Feeling Like The Third Wheel? Coping Strategies for Stepmoms
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Ten-year-old girls. Sleepover parties. Tween drama. Need I say more? My daughter attends a small school with about 20 girls in her class. Very nice girls. But not every sleepover and birthday party can include all 20 girls. So, inevitably, there have been a few hurt feelings. Tears. Playground huffs. Mean looks. The girls talked. The moms talked. (Probably a few dads … [Read more...] about Girl Drama: Is Honesty ALWAYS the Best Policy?
Last month my son turned 8! Can you believe it? My little guy is getting so much bigger. He is already above my shoulder in height. It won’t be long until we are eye to eye. My white and black socks are starting to get mixed up with his because our feet are so close in size.For his birthday, I made it my mission to make a birthday cake that excluded many of the top common food … [Read more...] about Dairy-Free Vanilla Cappuccino Ice Cream Cake
After surviving another holiday stressmas season, my New Year’s Resolution is simple: I’m adopting the new parenting approach experts call CTFD. CTFD was first endorsed by parenting authorities this past summer. Especially now that my kids are teenagers, I see the wisdom of CTFD, or “Calm The F*ck Down.”Most parenting advice focuses on kids. This is a real … [Read more...] about Do You Need a Dose of C.T.F.D?
Kiddo birthday parties are a landmine.Throwing a kid's birthday party is high-risk behavior in the department of offending or excluding people. Clearly, no one intends to exclude kids from birthday party fun, but unless your party planning involves inviting every cousin, classmate and neighbor, there is no way around it. If you are looking for ways to avoid that sinking feeling … [Read more...] about Birthday Party Politics