[stepmom]ing

My Child's Stepmom

Things I Wish I Could Tell My Child’s Stepmom

As far as divorced moms go, you'd probably consider me a lucky one. It's easy to take one look at our blended family - my daughter's father, stepmom, stepdad, and I, see how we all get along now and co-parent s...

Free Your Life: Embrace the Co-Parenting Mental Shift!

It was kind of a rocky road for me when I first started dating my now-husband. I was learning how to be a parent, doing my best to break down his emotional walls he built up after his divorce, all while seeing his ex-wife weekly. There was so much change happe...

Why I Won’t Allow My Stepdaughter to Call Me “Mom”

I was saying my goodbyes to my sweet little girl as she prepared to catch her flight to the wedding destination, where we'd be reunited in just a couple of days. She hugged me extra tight, told me how excited she was, and assured me she would miss me until I s...

An Open Letter to the Stepdad on Father’s Day

Thank you. A million times over, thank you. I would not be the person I am today without your influence, support, and presence in my life. You may not be my biological father, but you stepped in and have been ...

The Harsh Realities of Stepparenting

My mother-in-law is a wonderful, caring, nurturing woman. She would give you the shirt off her back in a heartbeat. To boot, she's never met a stranger - can you imagine what kind of love that means for those o...