HouseholdStep FamiliesWork

Part-Time Parenting

For the past five months, I’ve done a lot of travelling for business — I’m on the road just about every other week — and I expect that to continue into the foreseeable future. This wasn’t what my job was like previously…if I traveled at all, it was once or …

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Parenting Fails

Slightly Used Trumpet for Sale

My husband is a musician. He started playing the drums when he was about the same age as my middle school-aged stepson is today and he has long harbored the dream of making his living as musician (although his primary instrument today is the mandolin). He was close to that …

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Media & Technology

Let It Go!

Recently, while visiting my brother and his family, I had a chance to witness a current phenomenon that I had until this point been unaware of. For the week of my visit, my five nieces — ranging in age from 17 months to nine years old — were almost constantly …

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Step Families

Tidbit Tuesdays: Evil Stepmother Edition

[Author’s note: J.G. Hovey has had to take a short hiatus from writing her Tidbit Tuesdays posts. I have taken advantage of the break to sneak one of my own in. Enjoy!] Ah, the Evil Stepmother. A trope so entrenched in so many cultures that it needs no explanation. Better …

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Step Families

I’ll Never Be “Mom”

I didn’t set out to be a stepmom. In fact, I had long held the opinion that I didn’t want children of my own–even though I love kids and absolutely adore my nieces. I had no ticking biological clock urging me on as I spent my 20s and 30s taking …

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ActivitiesPlay

The Family That Plays Together: My Life in Games

My family plays a lot of games. We have a cabinet full of tabletop games (board, card and dice games) and video games loaded on just about every device in the house. Gaming is, therefore, a big part of our lives, and it’s how we spend a significant amount of …

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Step Families

Dating a Single Dad

My relationship with my husband (I’ll call him C) has never only been about the two of us. It has also always been about his son, GT, and (to a certain extent) his ex-wife…or at least echos of his first marriage. From the moment we met, “divorced father” has been …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Education

Stealth Creationism

Last week, my friend Jay’s head asploded. Ok, not literally, but what better way is there to describe the experience of suddenly and jarringly discovering that your child is being taught to believe in young earth creationism and to reject evolution? Jay was recently faced with this realization after his …

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Media & Technology

How to Go from Unfortunate to Beautiful in One Easy Step

I have five amazing little nieces (the oldest is 9 years old) who live far enough away that I’m able to see them only three or four times a year. When I visit, I know that within hours (if that long) of my arrival, I will be asked, “Tammy, can …

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Ages 10-12 (Tween)Media & Technology

Pseudonyms and Internet Fame

My stepson doesn’t like to be talked about. At all. Whether it’s a quiet conversation between his father and me while he’s in the other room or a parent-teacher conference at his school, if it’s a discussion about him then he wants to be present and have a say. Even …

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