About Mandee

I’ve had the unique experience of living in each position and in every type family (OK, I’m sure there are more but I think I’ve covered most bases).

  • I started my life in a nuclear family consisting of my mother, my father, my sister, and I.
  • At age 9, my parents divorced and I resided in the care of a single mother.
  • When I was 15, my mother was killed in a car accident and I went to reside with my father who I had seen sporadically for the previous 6 years.  My sister, who was no longer a minor, didn’t come with me.  Thus began my existence with a single father.
  • He later remarried and I found myself treading water with a step-mother and 2 step-sisters.
  • At age 22, I got married to my children’s father who had a child, and I played the role of step-mother.  We went on to have 2 daughters of our own.
  • We divorced after 5 years and I dabbled in single mother territory (I got really good at baby furniture assembly).
  • After 3 years of saying I would never get married again, I finally agreed to marry my next husband (you can’t blame him for being persistent, I am super fantastic).  Thus beginning yet another blended family.
  • Now, after ended marriages, numerous fights, and compromises, I’m sure it’s just not for me.  However, my daughters and I have never been happier or healthier.  Life is good, and thank goodness, stable.  While being single mother may not have been a life goal, I sure am loving it!

I figure with this kind of history, I must have something to offer others navigating these often shitty life situations.  I am a therapist, and hold a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling.  I’d like to think I’ve seen it all, but every time I think that, someone invents new and improved ways to be an idiot and adds to my content of what NOT to do (but hey, thanks for the job security).    I don’t have all the answers and those I have will be delivered with what I can only assume will be very little tact.  Regardless of delivery, I’m here for you.  Enjoy!