The best part about having a teen, hands down, is watching him grow up and mature. It has been an honor to see his transformation into a responsible, caring, intelligent, sweet, loving young man who takes care of others (like his baby sisters) and is a helpful, delightful person to hang out with. It doesn’t happen overnight. Fo sho. But it does happen with thoughtful dialogue, respectful disagreements, humbling challenges, and a renewed sense of self and purpose in this world.
I’ve always had this general notion that parenting is hard work. I’ve known this all along, so it isn’t a huge shock by any means to find myself overwhelmed from time to time. I often tell people who ask that I turned 40 and 5 days later had my first baby. I waited for a… Continue reading my life is filled with poop and tears
It was a defining moment in our relationship, or, rather, whether or not we would continue to have one. Rob and I had been dating for a little while, I think about 2 months, and it was on the way home from a 4 hour car ride together. This wasn’t out of the ordinary. We… Continue reading do you want more kids
“So this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year older. Gee, this ain’t fun!” Loosely adapted from some song I heard once on the radio. I said that 2012 was an awkward Christmas. It’s true. What I didn’t say is how 2013 was this crazy chaotic blessing of an occasion with sugar plum… Continue reading on step-Christmases and evil stepmoms