Gretchen, Senior Writer

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Gretchen has lived in Colorado since she was 12 and never wants to leave. She has a 13-year-old son who is into having a good time, especially with sports and Fortnite. Together, they are navigating the teen world of puberty and growing up. She has a wonderful husband, having been surprised and blessed with a second chance at love. Their family enjoys playing board games, watching Avengers movies, and sharing dumb jokes over good food. In her free time, she loves to read, shop for purses, play games, watch football, laugh with her family, cook delicious food, and dream of the next home improvement project.
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My Favorite Two-Player Board Games for Couples

One of our family hobbies is playing board games. But sometimes, it’s fun to play games with just me and my husband. It’s a meaningful way to spend time together doing something we both...
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My Son’s Two Dads

I’ve always had a complicated relationship with dads. My dad and I didn’t spend tons of time together when I was growing up; he often traveled and didn’t seem interested in spending time with...
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What Do I Do With Myself?

There have been a lot of big changes going on in our house in recent months.  My son got his first job. He learned to drive and got his license. He had his first girlfriend...
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Remember When…

Today, I was at King Soopers doing my normal weekly grocery run. I was alone; my husband was at home and my 16-year-old son at work.  Near the bakery, I saw a man with his...
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The Secret of Life is Enjoying the Passage of Time

As James Taylor's melody told us almost 50 years ago, the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time. (If you’re not familiar with this song, check it out.)  As parents, we’re told so...
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Depression is a Liar

Ever since I was in high school in the mid 1990s, I’ve had depression. I didn’t know what it was back then, but looking back, I see the symptoms. In my early 20’s, I...
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Love Me Some Lizzo

I’m a middle-aged mom who isn’t into rap or twerking or wearing sheer clothing to basketball games. But I love Lizzo.  My Story Ever since I hit puberty in about the 5th grade, I’ve been a bigger...
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Teaching Your Teen to Drive

Now that they have their learner’s permit, it’s time to teach your teen to drive. They probably learned a lot in their education classes, but learning in a classroom isn’t anything like driving a...
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Time to Drive: Getting a Learner’s Permit

I know that you can’t believe it, but it’s time for your teenager to get their learner’s permit and learn to drive! Here’s what you need to do to help your student get their...
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Things My Son Has Taught Me

One of the best parts of parenthood is learning from our children. Even though they are young and lack a lot of life experience, we can learn so much from them! Here are some...