November 19, 2017

As a new wife and stepmom, you may be wondering what you’ve done to merit the contempt of your partner’s ex. You’ve played by the rules, refrained from badmouthing and treated her kids with kindness. But maybe it’s not about you at all. 

  1. You remind her that she fail...

November 6, 2017

Updated from April 2015. 

My mother and I often talk about stepparenting. Yes, she's also a stepmom. And by her own admission, not a very good one.

When she and my stepfather married, he shared joint custody of a son with his ex-wife. My stepfather moved into our family...

September 29, 2017

We all know that the marriage/partnership is the foundation of the home. It's what keeps things chugging along in our families and provides the safety and security that the kids need in their daily lives. Which makes it all the more important to keep it strong! 

I was d...

September 9, 2017

Growing up, it seemed as though my mom had eyes in the back of her head. You know what I mean…She instinctively knew the minute a slanderous thought popped into my head or the moment I most desired to attack my baby sister. I always called it the “mom gene” and assumed...

August 9, 2017

Sesame Street, the long-running PBS children's program, has added a new character. Meet Rudy, the stepbrother of Abby. Sesame Street's newest monster aims to teach children about siblings, blended families and conflict resolution, according to Sesame Workshop, the nonp...

June 6, 2017

We've just been named one of the best stepmoms blogs of 2017! Thanks to all of our readers for the support and encouragement! And check out these other stepmom blogs, full of helpful hints and stepmom comfort.

May 3, 2017

The headline caught my eye. “Honey Boo Boo's Stepmom-to-Be Sabotages Her Diet & Calls Mama June a 'Toothpick with Clothes.’” Anytime, anywhere I see a caption that reads stepmom, I’m curious. Despite having little information about Honey Boo Boo, I read on....

February 20, 2017

In honor of President’s Day, I want to share with you a story that you may not know about one of our most popular and most important presidents, Abraham Lincoln. At the age of nine, Abe’s mother died, leaving he and an older sister.  Shortly thereafter, Abe’s father ma...

January 5, 2017

I’ve been sick with the flu. It seems to be never-ending. So, I’ve spent a great deal of time in bed lately. Ugh. But it has given me some time to catch up on a few books and reflect on all of the things I need to do. (I need to check into new front doors and have the...

August 3, 2016

Sometimes, there is a glimmer of hope. That slim chance that maybe something I did or said, made a difference in the lives of one of my stepchildren. And then, the bottom drops out. Just like that. Though hope was faint at best, it was there and then it is gone, swept...

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