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Explaining An Absent Parent To A Kid With 2 Parents

JD’s close friends have married moms and dads. The little ones have never asked me or their parents about JD’s dad. Until yesterday.

JD’s best girl friend, Lily, came home from school and told her mom about her friend, *Jane and how she lives with her mommy and mommy’s boyfriend. Amy launched into an awesome spiel about how all families are different—like mine.

“Like Jack has one mommy and we know other people who live with their mommy sometimes and their daddy another time,” said Amy.

“I know,” said Lily.

“Hey where is Jack’s daddy? We never met him.”

Gulp.

“He lives far, far away, but this is OK, because Jack’s mommy loves him toooooo much!” said Amy. (Tis true.)

“Yeah, she loves him a lot mommy. I know she loves him a lot. She brings him cool places all the time,” said Lily.

The end.

I’m just gonna go with Lily’s explanation. I like it. It’s innocent. Here’s some of the cool places where we’ve been! (This slide show literally never could have ended, lol.)

Enjoy and have a great weekend!


  • Biker Boy 1 of 26
    Biker Boy
    We visited the Point Pleasant Boardwalk this past summer!
  • Happy Birthday 2 of 26
    Happy Birthday
    We spent JD's 5th bday on Bradley Beach.
  • Arts Fair 3 of 26
    Arts Fair
    Here's JD and his pal Z, taking in a car show at the Edgewater, NJ Arts Fair.
  • High School Productions 4 of 26
    High School Productions
    JD loves his best girl friend, Lily. We took them to Wayne Hills High School to see their rendition of Beauty and the Beast.
  • On Set With Mommy 5 of 26
    On Set With Mommy
    Back in 2008, Glamour magazine hosted a photo shoot for the two of us. It accompanied a piece that I wrote for the magazine :)
  • The Met 6 of 26
    The Met
    We spent my 27th bday at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Just the two of us <3!
  • Disney Cruise 7 of 26
    Disney Cruise
    We sailed on Disney Wonder in 2010.
  • At Home 8 of 26
    At Home
    Here we are just chilling at our pool at the condo this summer. One of the best ways to cool off!
  • Fun Dining Experiences 9 of 26
    Fun Dining Experiences
    We made pizza at Positano in Wayne, NJ. (Thanks Joey!)
  • Pearl Harbor 10 of 26
    Pearl Harbor
    It was a pleasure and an honor to visit this historical landmark with my boy.
  • Disney Aulani 11 of 26
    Disney Aulani
    We loved this resort! We took this picture on our balcony before dinner.
  • Belmar, NJ St. Pat’s Parade 2012 12 of 26
    Belmar, NJ St. Pat's Parade 2012
    JD got a real kick out of these guys. I might have as well. (Woo, check out those dimples, ladies!)
  • Radio City Music Hall 13 of 26
    Radio City Music Hall
    We saw the Christmas Spectacular back in 2011. What are you all planning for the holidays this year?
  • The Lower East Side 14 of 26
    The Lower East Side
    We took a trip to the LES because it's rad and these are my rad NYC friends.
  • The Local Library 15 of 26
    The Local Library
    We love books and spending time at our local library. (Free fun!)
  • Central Park Zoo 16 of 26
    Central Park Zoo
    In the summer of 2008, I took JD to the Central Park Zoo.
  • Apple Picking 17 of 26
    Apple Picking
    Not recent, but here's some fall fun from 2011. Look at those owl eyes! He's sweet as an apple, this one.
  • Turtle Back Zoo 18 of 26
    Turtle Back Zoo
    I love this pic! I'm in the cracked egg and JD is in the nest.
  • Santa Monica, California 19 of 26
    Santa Monica, California
    Of course I took JD with me on my Rattled! book tour. (Pictured here with my "manny," Uncle Bri.)
  • First Plane Ride 2009 20 of 26
    First Plane Ride 2009
    Charmed pilot. Infiltrated cockpit. Photo achieved. Little wings received!
  • Circus! 21 of 26
    Circus!
    Here we are under the big top at Ringling Bros back in 2011.
  • The Bahamas 22 of 26
    The Bahamas
    I had to take advantage of this great photo opp as we strolled to Atlantis.
  • Bowling 23 of 26
    Bowling
    Isn't this the cutest pic ever? JD was more into the fan than the actual bowling, ha.
  • Day Out With Thomas 24 of 26
    Day Out With Thomas
    Summer 2009! Choo Choo!! (Hottest Day EVER, for the record.)
  • Fishing! 25 of 26
    Fishing!
    JD went fishing for the first time this summer with Uncle Carlo. It was a great activity and a wonderful chance for them to bond.
  • Birthday Boy! #5 26 of 26
    Birthday Boy! #5
    JD blew out the candles with Mema (my mom).

More from me:

Stranger Danger: Some Random Peeps Approached My Kid For Info!

What Makes A Family?

Date Night: Does Your Kid Get Mad When You Go Out?

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