Mom Meetup | Kristine

April 19, 2021 2 min read

Keep an eye on your shampoo bottles, and get ready for a hilariously real conversation, as Kristine shares her laid-back approach to raising boys and a blended family.

Kristine

  • Mom of 4, ages 8 to 23, Gigi to 1
  • Hometown: Oviedo 
  • Mom theme song: Wrecking Ball

What's one of your earliest memories?

My dad put me on his motorcycle when we lived in England, I was probably 5ish. There were no helmets, we just drove around in a field across from our house, but imagine that happening today.

Was there something your parents did when you were a kid that you swore you'd never do yourself?

I told myself I wouldn't say some of their go-to phrases - like 'because I said so', or GP (for general purposes) but I still do.

What's the hardest thing about being a mom?

Being patient all the time.

What's one thing you would have done differently as a mom?

I wouldn't have let some things slide that I did. Like the first time my oldest came home waaay past curfew, I told myself he's just being a teenager testing his boundaries. I would have taken some things more seriously.

 Any 'oh sh**' moments as a mom?

When my oldest became a dad.

What's one thing your child has done that you can look back on now and laugh about, that made you cringe in the moment?

One of the boys peed in the shampoo bottle. For days I couldn't figure out where the urine smell was coming from. I scrubbed that bathroom inside out, top to bottom. I finally looked in shampoo bottle because the lid was off, and found his 'potion.'

What's the turning point when kids stop embarrassing you, and you start embarrassing them?

Middle school. Ryan was in the 6th grade, we were getting ready to go to the grocery store, I had on a velour pants and a matching jacket. He came out of his room and said 'absolutely not.' I took off the jacket as a compromise.

What's one thing you wish you knew before having kids?

I wish I knew that they can break your heart more than any man ever can. Not just when they're mean little buggers, but when they're sad, or sick, and not being able to be there with them.

What's the best piece of advice your mom (or another mom) gave you?

When I met my boyfriend, I was leery about dating a man with little kids; mine were already grown. But my mom told me that if I loved him, the kids would fall into place, and she was right.

Any advice for a mom just starting out, or about to have a babe?

Make sure your kids are comfortable coming to you, about absolutely anything and everything.

 

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