Monthly Archives: January 2016

Part-Time Parenting

Probably five years ago, I started saying things like this: “I don’t think I want to have biological kids. If I ever get married, I think being a step-parent is a great idea.” “Step-parenting has to be like Parenting Lite. You’re … Continue reading

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What They Should Know

As I have put words to these different anecdotes and stories about the kids, it has occurred to me more than once that someday, in some way, Ana and Yoseph will read these. I wonder what they’ll think about them. I … Continue reading

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A Friendly Competition

The first time I met Ana and Yoseph’s mom (over margaritas, a setting I highly recommend for any ex-wife/new serious girlfriend meeting), she shared that Ana is definitely a daddy’s girl. That is undoubtedly true. And it has made it that much more … Continue reading

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

I recently went back to my hometown for a long weekend to be with my sister as she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. I was gone for three nights, the longest I’ve been away from my new family since … Continue reading

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Three Little Words

My dad once told me that at the end of a long day, all he wanted was to come in the front door and have his little kids run to him, excited to see him. Isn’t that sweet?! My response … Continue reading

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Sometimes it isn’t a chore

My mom was really great at teaching us to do chores. She gave us responsibility, but not too much, and helped us know what constituted handling that responsibility well. To this day, my sister Heidi and I joke about our love/hate relationship with wiping … Continue reading

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The Thank You Note

I became StepMolly to two kids who already had some pretty great habits: great manners in general, excellent table manners, and better grammar than I have most days. I came into their lives in the summer before 1st grade (Ana) and … Continue reading

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