What The Brady Bunch Taught Our Blended Family

When Gabe and I started seriously talking about getting married, we decided to put the kids in counseling. Our reasoning was solid and very adult – they’d been through the separation of their parents in the last several years, each set had established a new household with new routines, and now more change was on [...]

By | 2017-06-13T15:50:33+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Blended Family Tips, Our Bunch, Our Story, Stepparenting|

This is How We Do It: Six Tips for Blended Families

I love the looks I get when I say we have six kids. People just can’t help commenting: “that’s insane,” “better you than me,” or, my personal favorite lately, “I can’t keep up with my two, how do you do six?” First, let’s be clear, we do six much the way a novice rodeo rider [...]

Stepmother and Ally

Sara’s tall and much smarter than she thinks is normal and terribly concerned with rules and social norms. She’s athletic and musical and so dogged in her determination to practice a skill until she masters it that we’ve turned her name into a verb meaning just that. My teenage stepdaughter is at once exactly who [...]

By | 2017-06-13T15:50:33+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Blended Family Tips, Our Bunch, Our Life Together, Our Story, Stepparenting|

An Epic Win

We’re stuffed into the car running around town this summer, on the kind of morning where we have no agenda and still find ourselves busying to and fro. As often happens on this kind of morning, the kids and I are talking about internet memes, and staying away from drugs, and what’s for dinner the [...]

By | 2017-06-13T15:50:34+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Our Bunch, Our Life Together, Our Story, Stepparenting|

Back to School, Coparenting Style

Back to school season is my favorite time of the year.  Cool weather is on the horizon, my people are busy and happy and exhausted at bedtime, and my house is quiet again. I buy in whole-heartedly to the whispered promise of fresh notebooks and sharp pencils – anything is possible.  This is the year [...]

By | 2017-08-17T10:33:36+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Blended Family Tips, Coparenting, Our Bunch, Our Life Together, Our Story|