Posts tagged step parenting

Fashion Friday — thanks to the prom girls

   May 9, 2014 11:11 am    0

For the May edition of Her Times, we asked young women in the area to come on down to the Erie Times-News for a prom dress photos, and with the end-of-year activities and sports these teens are involved in, we had a tough time getting them all together. But they are all lovely, and we thank…


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Lessons from blended family trenches 02/25/14

   February 25, 2014 6:34 am    0

I have a lot of friends who are closing in on merging blended families together. Discussions with them remind me of some painful times when my husband and I tried to merge everyone together into one family 11 years ago. There were times when we didn’t all get along. But look at us now. No…


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15 funny things that grandkids say

   February 13, 2014 6:05 am    0

When my daughter, Kelly, was about 3, her paternal grandfather died in Florida, and the family returned to hold the funeral in Erie. At the funeral home, Kelly saw Grandpa in the casket, and asked her grandmother why she had chosen to bring Grandpa back in a suitcase. It certainly lightened the mood. Get ready…


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Halloween memories from the Eckert crypt

   October 24, 2013 7:37 am    0

When I see all the cute Halloween costumes, I remember some of the cute stuff my kids wore. And here they are: As the kids got older, they were very clever. Kelly has been a slice of pizza, Mario Brothers’ characters, Woody from “Toy Story” and much more. The boys were football players. And they…


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Wow — word of the week in Millcreek

   April 7, 2013 8:09 am    0

Erica Erwin’s story in today’s Erie Times-News delves into the Millcreek Township School District’s $8.8 million deficit for the 2013-2014 school year. Acting Superintendent William Hall announced the bad news last week. He mentioned he had a “wow” moment when he discovered the budget deficit in November. That was November, folks. In another report, a…


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Today’s Easter yolk — eggstreme fun with words

   March 28, 2013 6:22 am    0

When my husband and I got married 10 years ago and merged two families, he made a point of entertaining the kids with eggstra special egg chatter. This year, the kids are 21 and older and scattered around the universe. We will only see my two youngest on Easter, but we are eggcited. Here are…


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House lady – Get red-y for Valentine’s Day with interior design ideas

   January 19, 2013 6:32 am    0

Look what’s happening in House to Home this week! Add red to a room — it’s often inexpensive, fast and you’ll be red-y for Valentine’s Day with some classy accents. Read the story by Decorating Den’s Marie Feltz here. Garden writer Sue Scholz shares all the blooms that popped open last week in that heat wave. She had…


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Modern families — when kids choose to live with the other parent

   January 9, 2013 4:49 am    0

Kids often want to make a change. It happens in a lot of blended families — ours included. All of our kids are now age 20 to 28, so hindsight is 20/20. I can confirm that it was a good decision each and every time one of the kids moved.  My kids’ dad passed away 13 years ago,…


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Study: Good parents, partners share same qualities

   December 31, 2012 6:23 am    0

The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin has a report that says being good parents has a lot to do with being good partners. Compassion, caring and other no-duh words come into play in the Huffington Post analysis of the report. It also separates us into three parenting groups: authoritarian old-schoolers who believe in strict discipline;…


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College student fends off stalker parents

   December 29, 2012 9:14 am    0

ABC News, the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Cincinnati Enquirer and a host of international media outlets are following a story out of Ohio about a parent/child relationship that has gone over the parental cliff.  See the footage here. It’s about Aubrey Ireland, a 21-year-old dean’s list college senior who has a restraining order against her…


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