extended family

All about how to stay connected, strengthen ties and talk politics with your big, happy extended family.

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Everyone has a story. Our minds sometimes forget chunks of those stories that belong to us. Sometimes we can’t stop our brains from protecting us. I’ve always thought that if no-one is around to prote...
Samantha Reida year ago
Step-Mothers: They Aren't All Bad
Step-mothers have been made out to be villains throughout fiction. They are the people that we love to hate in every Disney movie that we watched growing up. Snow White and Cinderella are the most not...
Benjamin Housea year ago
The Thanksgiving Rock Throwing Incident
Okay, let me state first that the following story was quite true so I changed some names around. Though I have to admit I'm better remembering details than names, so I should be covered. This was Than...
Step MOMster
When I met my boyfriend, I knew he had children. I knew their ages and knew their names but I didn't know them. When he and I met, it wasn't supposed to end up how it has; it was supposed to be friend...
I Am a Mom
I never wanted a family. Well, let me take that back: I never wanted to be a parent. Not because I don’t love children and I don’t love the idea of creating life or sharing life, but because I believe...
Jessie Melansona year ago
To the Grandmother I Never Knew...
You didn't know me, and I didn't know you. We were merely strangers that shared DNA. The saying blood runs deep is both true and yet, a lie. You see, I will never live without you, even though I did l...
Maranda Carenea year ago
An Open Letter to a Shitty Ex Step-Dad
You came up in conversation the other day, like you usually do when I see old friends. "How’s name removed for privacy doing?" You have no idea, not the slightest idea how amazing it feels to be able ...
Denise Willisa year ago
Tale of a Mother-In-Law
The first time I met my future mother-in-law, I was not yet married to her son, Bob, and I knew if she had anything to do with it, I never would be married to Bob. She was sixty four years old, but he...
Maurice Berniera year ago
The Original Bahama Mama!!
I have a huge confession to make: I was NOT an easy child to deal with when I was much younger. I was a walking nightmare. There. I finally got that out of the way. Whew!!! Now, before you ask how rou...
Brittney Heath2 years ago
A Light In the Dark
Dear Naomi, When you were born, I felt the entire universe change and things started to align, I felt myself change. I was no longer just a normal person living her everyday life, just another number ...
Maurice Bernier2 years ago
The Most Beautiful Baby​ in the World!
There a few, but most important events in my life that gave me great joy, a joy that made me feel like I was the king of the universe. These were times that, if I did something else at that point, I w...
Alison G2 years ago
Relocating to a Remote Community
I'm from a huge town called Hamilton. Squished into southern Ontario with a population of at least 500,000. Not once did I think moving up north would change my life. As a 20 something female, I was l...
Kelsie Tyler2 years ago
Family
Family. You think that it is all happy memories and great moments when you think of that word. But for a majority of people it is quite the opposite. Whether it's to a small extent or a huge one. I us...
Crystal Greer2 years ago
Family of Blankets
I was on Facebook a year ago and I came across this post from a lady that was starting a GoFundMe page and the post was saying that this family had lost their home from a fire. Well I clicked on the l...
Lauren P.2 years ago
Super Woman
"Lauren, I need your help,” she weakly said, as she passed me a box of a couple dozen bottles of pills. I was all of six years old and my Nana passed me the large slotted, weekly pill organizer. “Make...
Kevin McClintock2 years ago
My D*d Was a Bastard
1920s Kesh must have been a great place to be a bastard. Despite its railway station, it was a small rural community that more probably resembled the 19th (or even 18th) century than it did the 20th. ...
Jessie B2 years ago
Grief: Not Something You Just Get Over
Our friends, family, colleagues, and perhaps even random strangers tell us that time heals all wounds, and that you need to suck it up and get over it. But grief, as I have come to know for a fact, is...
Kristy Loxton2 years ago
Top 7 Ways to Be a Kick-Ass Step-parent
I’ve never been a fan of absolutes, but people seem to be drawn to listicles (myself included), so here is a concise list of knowledge I’ve acquired as a result of both my education in Humanistic and ...