Step Parenting

Expectations

I’ve been considering writing this post for a while, but after the umpteenth time that the kids’ biological mom cancelled on them, I finally felt compelled to write it. Today, it’s all about EXPECTATIONS!   Our kids love us and they love their mom, but they have different expectations of us as parents. Their biological mom is the “fun mom,”…

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Step Parenting

Hurricane Florence

Flo, Flo go away… come again never!   Being outside of Raleigh, NC, Hurricane Florence is coming right at us.  I have been here long enough to know that hurricanes rarely reach us this far inland as they typically break up the moment they hit land.  We generally only end up with a lot of rain and if you are…

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Step Parenting

New Beginnings

I set out this year with a number of goals – one being to regularly blog twice per week. It seemed easy and achievable, but, you know, life happened and it quickly got pushed down my list of priorities until I no longer was blogging. I missed my blog – a lot. I’m pretty sure it had an issue and…

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Activities, Step Parenting

Disney Birthday Surprise

I wanted to provide an update to all of my readers as I have been seemingly absent for nearly two months now. I have to say the past months have been a complete whirlwind filled with birthdays, work, and vacation. Over a month ago, my stepdaughter turned 10-years-old. We knew this was a big one that we were going to…

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Step Parenting

Bearing that Mental Load

I came across a comic on Facebook the other day called “You Should’ve Asked” that talked about mothers typically taking on more of a mental load than their partners.  That mental load referred to the burden of having to organize, plan, and remember about a gazillion different things at once.  As moms, we do this ALL the time.  I am…

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Step Parenting

Meeting Mom

My boyfriend and I recently watched the movie “Daddy’s Home” starring Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg. In the movie, Farrell is a new stepdad to two children when their biological father (Wahlberg) returns home to visit. What ensues is a typical laugh out loud comedy featuring incredible jealousy and raging competition between the two dads. While the movie was at…

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Step Parenting

Adjusting to Step-Grandchildren

My grandmother just passed away yesterday, which has me reflecting on a lot of things right now. I was extremely close with her when I was growing up in Pittsburgh, but hadn’t been able to keep in touch as much when I moved down to North Carolina a number of years ago. I fortunately got to know her for many,…

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Step Parenting

How to Create Family Goals for the New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   Wow, 2017 flew by.  I’m sure last night I wasn’t the only one scanning Facebook, looking over the fabulous years my friends had – engagements, weddings, babies.  It made me think… what did I achieve this year?  Last New Year’s Eve, my boyfriend and I were sitting in our rinky dink apartment watching the countdown on…

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