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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘stepfamily’
Posted: November 12th, 2012

Yes that is my son and my hubby wearing headphones and grooving to different tunes in the yard.

My son has been very generous in returning home from Gannon to mow and rake and mow and rake … He even enjoy’s my husband’s music — a mix of country, rock and roll, Beach Boys, 98 Degrees and 70s tunes. So Ryan borrows his stepdad’s iPod every time he’s on landscaping duty.

My hubby supervises while wearing his headphones and listening to Pandora on his iPhone. Well the funny thing about this picture is that to communicate, they have to hand signal, remove headphones and then talk.

These big honking headphones are another story. My oldest son got a set for himself years ago when he won some kind of gift card to Amazon. He bought these professional grade $150+ headphones. Everyone in the family tested them out, and fell in love with them. At the time, everyone in the family used them — including me, and we listened to my hubby’s music.

So if you need a gift that brings a stepfamily together to listen to one another’s music and leaves you laughing, get some headphones — and your camera.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.


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Posted: May 7th, 2012

In my case, I just want healthy, happy kids and a relaxing day — not one fraught with hurrying to get dressed up, and sit at brunch or dinner with hundreds of other moms.

I’m not alone. An article in the Chicago Tribune posed the question to moms of all ages. Women with babies wanted to sleep. Other moms wanted shoes — now there’s one of my favorite requests! And some women loved the gifts kids made in school. I remember a paper teacup decorated lovingly by my kids, and it held a real tea bag — it was wonderful. So were little plants that I could watch grow.

In a poll on Lifetimemoms.com, it was an even split between no mom responsibilities for the day and a nice relaxing day with family. For another take on what to do, here’s a first-time dad’s efforts on a very thoughtful Mothers Day.

For stepmoms …

If you’re a stepmom, God bless you, sister! Some of the Internet articles are just downright depressing, so read them at your own risk. Stepmoms wrote about being insulted, unappreciated, disrespected and more. As a stepmom for nine years, my advice is to let it go. Over the years, stepkids have repeatedly told me that I’m not family. On the other hand, I’ve also been thanked for advice and shown appreciation.

Here’s a great stepmom article by Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine. She noted that Sunday, May 20 is Stepmothers Day — something one thoughtful little 9-year-old girl invented 12 years ago for her stepmom. The Stepmothers Day website includes hugs you can send to other stepmoms. Even Oprah recognized it. If you really find yourself stressing over this and other holidays, visit Stepfamilycenter.com

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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