As a 30 year old, full time working mom to a blended family with 5 children, Kylee Dickson is a woman full of moxie. Her experience as a mom hasn’t been traditional, but she has loved the journey. It has provided her new ways to grow personally as well as learn to connect with her children in more meaningful ways.
Kylee is a mom to biological, step, and adopted children. She has 3 children from her first marriage and 2 step children from her current marriage. She not only feels like she is an adoptive mother because of taking care of her step kids, but because the oldest step child was adopted by her husband from his previous marriage. In fact, the Dickson family basically has a set of twins and triplets. The oldest three and youngest two are were born only months apart during the previous marriages.
Kylee states that blending her family “was exhausting and an emotional investment. The kids are going between multiple households with various parenting styles and come from different backgrounds.” Because of this, when she and her husband started blending their families in March of 2022, they did several things to help with this transition. First, Kylee took off work for a while. She knew that if she invested time up front, the relationships between all of the kids, and her, would be stronger. Second, she and her husband really tried to focus on helping the kids understand one another. Kylee has loved to see that the kids are all now best friends and can’t stop playing together. Third, she and her husband go to couples therapy. Kylee and her husband were/are in a really good place, but do this as a preventative measure for the difficulties that come from learning how to parent each others children.