Parenting Autism – The Cold Hard Truth, as He Sees It #autism #parenthood

Raising my son who has high functioning autism brings on a lot of jaw dropping, “did he just say that”, type of experiences. Sometimes, Aj can come off hurtful but really he isn’t meaning to be that way. At times Aj’s comments can be hilarious, but do not giggle at him, because then he will either act out at you angry due to being hurt, or he will be telling you with tears in his eyes “that isn’t funny”. It’s hard to parent a child who sees the world more simple than the rest of us do, he is part […]

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Meal Number 1 for Thanksgiving – with my Dad, Sister and Others #happilyblended #thanksgiving

This year I had my children for Thanksgiving, their Dads and I split every other year when it comes to this particular holiday, so I have my three children on odd years. On the even years they spend that day with their Dad’s. Not knowing where Thanksgiving Day would be spent upon hearing that my Gram wasn’t hosting this year, made me quite sad. I then realized it is our first year as a blended family unit so we could always make up a new tradition being that we are a “new family” this holiday season for the first time. […]

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Remembering a Wonderful Summer of So Many Changes

This Summer brought on changes for my family because we not only blended our family with the boyfriend and his children, but we moved to a new house. Having a lot of changes at once can be overwhelming for adults but especially for children of any age. That is why we worked hard to ensure this Summer was as fun as possible, and probably why we have more boxes still unpacked than I would like to admit. It was important to Lee and I to ensure our children blended together happily, while everything went really great at first, at the […]

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When Gentle Rain Turns to a Rain Storm

In theory blending a family with two people who are absolutely in love should be a smooth process. This is taking into consideration that the children get along pretty awesome and the two parents have an amazing communication level to work out the kinks. What happens when the theory of this is how we will blend the family turns into this is it, what do we do?! In theory two parents communicate to come down the middle road, or close to it, as a way to not turn one kids life versus the other kids upside down. His and hers. […]

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A New Chapter in my Life

My children have two different Dad’s, my first born and only daughter has one father that I was never married to and have not been in a relationship with since she was about 4 months old {she is now almost 11 years old}. Then my two sons who are now 4 and 6 were with my ex husband, we divorced in May of 2010 { I believe}  but lived together off and on among trying to make things work for our sons many a times until we finally realized enough was enough and it wasn’t something you can force to […]

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A Celebration fo Love and Marriage

Saturday was the day. February I believe is the month it all started … marriage that is. My Mom remarried for the first time since her and my father divorced when I was a little girl. The new step Dad seems nice but we hadn’t really gotten to know him nor his family too well since they have been together. August 25th was the date, the date to get to know my Mom’s new in laws, or like I call them, the new family editions. There was food, laughter, entertainment, horses, champagne and kids. I met my new step sister, […]

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Co-Parenting Isn’t About Personal Feelings

The holidays are coming and to be honest I have absolutely no clue if this is the year I have my daughter for Thanksgiving or not and as I started thinking about that it stirred up a few thoughts inside of my head; mainly thoughts surrounding my witness of other co-parents being so territorial about their child. Whenever I see co-parents; two parents no longer residing together in a personal relationship but raising child(ren) together, they are not usually super friendly with each other. If these co-parents have moved on to have children with other people it seems those children […]

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Best Buddies

My sons are two years and six days apart, they are always together and as Fall comes when the oldest of the two will head to Kindergarten, I wonder if the little one will miss his best buddy. I love moments watching them bond, they are either hugging or hitting each other but it never fails at the end of the day they love each other and call each other best buddies. I love these boys! Growing up I had a sister, I never had  a brother. Okay there was this one time back in the day when my Dad […]

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What is a Happily Blended Life

I think about this often ,what I think a Happily Blended life is and would like to share with you my definition of what I think Happily Blended means to me, Happily Blended is a life where you focus on the positive, keep your head held high, never say never and continue moving forward in reaching your goals in life, love and parenting. To me it is very important that I am always happy, this is not my way of saying I want life to always be perfect nor am I saying I have some false sense of what reality […]

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Blended Family’s and Bonding

Blended families are commonly referred to as step families, and are increasingly common among society today. If you were to create a poll for children in elementary school probably one third of them would respond they have a step parent or that their biological parents don’t reside in the same household. Children who are a part of a step family may resist the other “new” parental figure in their home, this is natural behavior, especially if they have very involved parents. As a product of a step family myself, I must say that I resisted my step father, although not […]

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