Being a [Step] Mom: Become Friends with Your Demons

In my blog the other night I wrote about grit. A few blogs ago I wrote about optimism. Writing about something and practicing the things you write about are two different things. I’d love to say that I’m always practicing. I’m not. But, what I am doing is always trying to practice. One of the ways I do this is by writing. And the reason I’m able to write is that I’m becoming friends with … Continue Reading →

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Being a [Step] Mom: Have a Village

Here’s the thing, parenthood, motherhood, step-parenthood… it’s all really fucking lonely at times. When I became an instant mom I whipped out my whiny asshole card a lot. “Woe is me, nobody understands my situation.” “I just wish I could go to the bar with friends and wake up hungover without tiny humans crawling on me.” It’s the classic, “if I knew then, what I know now” conundrum. Only here’s the thing, as I’ve learned, … Continue Reading →

Being an Allergy Mom

Over the past 9 years, being an allergy mom, I’ve gotten a lot of different reactions from people. “How do you do it? I could never do it!” “You must be so overwhelmed and stressed out! What a pain!”  When I tell people my daughter has FPIES, they are usually shocked. Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) is a type of food allergy affecting the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Classic symptoms of FPIES include profound vomiting, diarrhea, and … Continue Reading →

Being a [Step] Mom: Conversations about Body Image

My kids are all athletes.  My husband and I were athletes.  I still work out and run regularly.  Fitness is a big part of our lives, our values.  It’s natural then that food is also a big part of our lives.  I’ve said before the kitchen is the heart of our home.  Fitness and food, and conversations about these topics are two things that have helped me develop my role in my step kid’s lives.  … Continue Reading →