[stepmom]ing

The Ultimate [Step]Mother’s Day Giveaway

I can't even believe I've kept this secret this long! I have teamed up with some of the most incredible stepfamily bloggers to bring you one incredible giveaway package! Before I get into the package detail...

What I Want to Say to the Stepmom on Mother’s Day

If you think being a mom is a thankless job, try being a stepmom on Mother's Day. Have you seen the meme? I cringe every single time. I don't like the animosity it represents from stepmoms toward birth moms, bu...

What a Henna Tattoo Taught Me About Stepmomming

I spent my Saturday a couple of weeks ago hanging out a local food truck festival with my husband, stepdaughter, and my stepdaughter's mom, Amanda. We were there to support Amanda's best friend who was promoting her clothing boutique at the event. Kind of uniq...

The Best Resources for Stepmoms

Unfortunately, there's no single manual for how to thrive in your role as stepmom; there's no universal code for stepparenting that contains all of the answers. Despite that fact, there are many resources for stepmoms I've found throughout the years that h...

The Unnatural Part of the Stepmom Role

Insecure. Jealous. Uncertain. Alone.At different points in my first few years stepmomming, I felt them all. How could I avoid it? The stepmom role is simply unnatural; you're choosing to love another's chil...

5 Habits of Healthy & Successful Stepmoms

Being a successful stepmom is one of the most impressive juggling acts ever created. There’s seemingly no end to the list of people you are now capable of letting down, which means the pressure on you sometimes feels massive, whether it is real or just perceiv...

An Open Letter to the New Stepmom

"An Open Letter to the New Stepmom From a Stepmom" originally appeared in The Runner Up Wife and has been reprinted here with permission. This was not the picture you painted in your head when you thought abou...

Small Parenting Differences: It’s Time to Let Go!

My blended family started out like many others… I came around too soon for many, including my stepchildren's mom. My husband and his ex had a nasty fight for custody, which ultimately was determined as joint l...