[stepmom]ing

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...

Stepmomming is what you do, it’s not who you are.

I often reflect on the irony of my life. I've been intentional about not letting stepmomming consume my entire identity, about remaining true to the woman I was before I became a stepmom. And yet, I'm a professional stepmom. I spend countless hours each week t...

Stepmom Affirmations: You Deserve Happiness

You deserve happiness. Do you know that? Deep down in your gut, do you believe it? With periodic recitation of these stepmom affirmations, not only will you begin to believe you deserve happiness, but you'll begin to receive it. You'll embrace the good things ...
Stepmom in the Shadows

Stepmom in the Shadows

It's easy to feel overlooked or underappreciated as a stepmom - to feel like a "stepmom in the shadows." One stepmom bares her soul through the personal poem reprinted below with permission.If you find your...

Stop Stepmom Shaming! 30 Things We Would Say if We Could

Here's the deal. Being a stepmom is hard. Stepparenting is arguably the most difficult thing I've ever done. It's not just getting over that you are your husband's second wife. Or even just dealing with everyone that says "You knew what you were getting into."...