Guest Blog: What to do When You Don't Like Your Stepkid

We typically start this blended family life with at least mild hopes that things will go well and we’ll be one of those families. Those sweet families who move naturally around one another. Those stepmoms who just have close and loving relationships with their kids. And how could they not? Those stepmoms are great, lovable people. So …

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Stepmoms, Read This Book.

When I started my journey as a stepparent, I had no idea what I was doing. I walked into my blended family completely blind, absolutely no gauge and high hopes. Each new challenge came with disappointment or failure. It took a really long time to gain the skills I needed to feel confident. Looking back, …

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Can a Stepmom Ever Really Let Go?

This blog has given me an amazing platform to connect and share with a lot of stepmoms. Through their candidness (and uncanny ability to read my mind), I've started to grasp why being a stepparent can feel so difficult: we never get "closure." Like, ever. Think about the number of misunderstandings you encounter in a …

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The Secret to an Amazing Second Marriage (Spoiler: It Ain’t Romance)

Did you know that different parenting styles is the #1 reason for divorce in America? Think about that for a second. We're taught, as a society, that our purpose in life is to get married, preferable quickly and extravagantly, because everlasting fulfillment is only found in raising a family. But as it turns out, that …

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When Communication Fails

At some point in the blended journey, you and your spouse will disagree with, ask autonomy from or simply become less involved with the other household … and shit will hit the fan. Whether it surprises you (or you've been waiting patiently for those true colors to shine), the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde dichotomy will be …

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5 Things You Need to be a Successful Stepmom

I think we use the word "good" too often when we talk about parents, step-parents or otherwise. In truth, I find myself less and less interested in being a good stepmom. Good is too subjective - it's emotional, judgmental, and entirely too easy to fall short of. I've decided I'd rather be successful. What do …

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