Meet the parents
Lillie-Beth Brinkman marvels daily about the joys her three children bring, the insight they offer and how children from the same two parents can be so different. But then again, where would be the fun in that?
Being a divorced parent of two boys, ages 8 and 3, and a daughter, age 6, brings its own challenges, but the family of four laughs often, discusses subjects of life that range from “Who made God?” to “I think for my birthday in 2010, I would like to …” and stresses out when racing to get anywhere on time.
She would love to hear from readers about how they juggle activities and bedtime and homework and the big issues of life along with work while smiling, or not, especially those who are doing it mostly on their own or feel like they are. One of her milestones as a single parent was taking all three children cross country in the car by herself on vacation. For some reason, doing that seems easier than answering questions about playground politics and other relationships.
She is a writer/editor for The Oklahoman’s niche publications department.
Alan Herzberger, OPUBCO Communications Group’s director of custom publishing, is the husband of one and the father of three. He and his wife, Jennifer, have an 7-year-old boy, a 3-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl. Now that they have a girl, they will stop having children.
Carla Hinton, who writes about religion, is the divorced mother of three, ages 20, 15 and 13. She is a single parent who credits her children for keeping her life filled with joy and humor, even in the most challenging times.
Linda Lynn is a 42-year-old mother of three beautiful, spirited children: Katie, 13; Kaci, 9; and Cade, 3. Having children in a range of ages, from a teen-ager to a toddler with Down Syndrome, keeps her busy from the early hours of the morning until late at night. Her favorite part about being a mother is getting to share her children’s hopes and dreams and watching them grow each day. But there’s a lot of turmoil as well as laughter mixed in-between. In her other job, Linda works full-time as News Research Editor at The Oklahoman. She’s also married to fellow journalist and The Oklahoman’s Outdoor Editor Ed Godfrey.
Susan Simpson lives in Edmond with her husband Sean, their 5-year-old daughter Adison and 10-year-old stepdaughter Piper. To balance all the GIRL DRAMA in their house, the family has three male dogs, one ancient male cat and a goldfish of unknown gender. It’s perpetual chaos but also a lot of fun. Susan is the higher education reporter for The Oklahoman.
Copy editor for The Oklahoman, is a divorced mom of a 2-year-old boy, Hunter.
Having a toddler is the greatest thing imaginable. Sometimes I don’t want him to get any older – I want him to stay 2 forever. Other times, I want to just pull my hair out and I find myself saying things I never thought I would say … like “please don’t wipe your boogers on your shirt!” before I frantically look for a tissue while driving down the highway. But without a doubt, he is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I live for the moments where I get a big grin and even an “I wah woo!” and I know exactly what he’s saying.
I am from Connecticut originally and my whole family still lives there, so being a single parent it is difficult without having that immediate support system around. My son is also my mom’s first grandchild so that makes it especially hard on her to be so far away. I do have a great network of friends, most of whom are parents themselves, so I always have an ear.
I would love to get to know other parents, especially single parents and learn about what they go through on a day to day basis.
Christy Watson is a part-time editorial writer for The Oklahoman, focusing largely on education and related issues. At all times, she’s a wife and mom to a 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son who keep her laughing and busy and are a constant reminder of the important things in life.