May 1, 2014


Mother's Day is a day to express appreciation for your mother or other mother role model in your life. I think it's a heartwarming gesture that you want to express your gratitude for your stepmother. As a stepmother myself, it's always a delight to have breakfast or b...

June 7, 2013




It can be awkward but it doesn't need to be. I think it's important to be gracious to the stranger perhaps by responding, "I'm blessed to be his stepmom." Or perhaps no response is necessary, just a smile. I think it's important for stepchildren to know that you are...

April 30, 2013

Congratulations! While the role you are about to take on is difficult, it can be extremely rewarding. Obviously, the better you get to know your future stepchildren, the better you will fare in bonding with them. So first off, spend time with them. Engage them in conve...

March 1, 2013


The short answer is yes! It does get easier! Research indicates that it takes 4-7 years for a stepfamily to gel. Of course, each family is different and these norms could take longer. But all in all, once the family is established, so are the parameters of acceptable...

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