Being a [Step] Mom: Teaching Our Kids About Bullying

This post won’t be what you thought.  It is about bullying.  But it’s more so about how the term “bullying” has gotten out of hand.  And how that is doing our kids a disservice. The term “bullying” has become such a hot button.  And quite honestly it should be in terms of having zero tolerance for such behavior.  This is one place where I think social media has helped us as parents and educators.  We … Continue Reading →

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Being a [Step] Mom: Drama Triangle

There is a concept in psychology called the Drama Triangle, or the Karpman Triangle. It’s about relationships.  Really, it’s about ineffective relationships.  There is a persecutor, a rescuer, and a victim.  If you look at an inverted triangle the victim is at the bottom.  The persecutor and rescuer share the top looking down on the victim. The goal really is to become adults self-responsible and insightful enough to never be a part of the triangle.  … Continue Reading →

Personal Excellence: Why We Should Demand it from Our Kids

As a teenager I loved the movie “Love and Basketball”.  I remember watching it for the first time at a basketball sleep over in high school.  For a high school girls’ basketball team, it was amazing.  It’s quite literally about love and basketball.  Teenage romance aside, there is one line that has always stuck out to me.  The Coach says to the female lead in so many words, “Why do you think I’m so hard … Continue Reading →

Before the Craziness Began: Patience when I Became an Insta-Mom

  Before I move on with the now, I want to quickly talk about the before. I have three big brothers, I am the youngest and might be a “Daddy’s Little Girl”.  In my early childhood it was normal to attempt things like cramming 4 people on an ATV, running around the house barefoot in a blizzard as many times as we could, and generally taking risk and running around the 2 acres of woods … Continue Reading →

Run Your Marathon

Running has become a constant in my life.  I’ve had my ups and downs, but running has truly become a part of who I am.  There are times when I’m incredibly regimented, increasing my miles and my pace.  Then there are times when I’m so busy it’s all I can do to get out for a quick 2 mile run after a crazy day, literally racing the sun set.  In the past I’d beat myself … Continue Reading →