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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...
I'm a Real Person with Real Feelings

I’m a Stepmom, and I’m a Real Person with Real Feelings

As a disclaimer, I'm not sure if the words used were my stepdaughter's in retelling the story or if they were her mom's in the actual event, but my point remains the same.This evening, my stepdaughter and I were discussing her upcoming school holiday party...

Why I Don’t Want My Daughter to Grow Up to be a Stepmom

I love my family. My husband is thoughtful, helpful, and has the patience of a saint. My stepdaughter is full of joy, silly jokes, and cure-all hugs. My in-laws are kind, accepting, and understanding.But despite all of the love and happiness, there’s also ...
attitude of gratitude

Developing an Attitude of Stepmom Gratitude

Developing an Attitude of Stepmom Gratitude We’re all familiar with the difficulties that sometimes come along with our everyday lives as stepmoms - even something simple like a parent/teacher conference can e...
Accepting stepmom

Accepting My Daugther’s Stepmom: A Journey

Two years ago, if you had told me I would one day be best friends with my daughter's stepmom - I wouldn't have believed you.If you had said we would be having dinner together, going on co-parenting dates, r...
Stepmom Infertility

Stepmom Infertility: Salt in the Wound

I didn't grow up dreaming of being a stepmother, though I knew through my own family that "step" didn't make you any less family. I did dream however of one day having my own children. I dreamed about how my kids would look just like my spouse, and I would get...
Stepmom wishes her husband knew

15 Things Stepmom Wishes Her Husband Knew

In that moment, I knew I couldn't say anything to make him understand. I could verbalize my emotions until I was blue in the face, but he just wasn't going to make sense of my words. Exhausting myself trying to...
Stop telling stepmoms

One Thing You Should REALLY Stop Telling Stepmoms

I have heard it from my parents, my husband, and my friends. Strangers on the internet have told me. It seems to be an understood fact of life at this point.Any time a stepmom asks for advice, expresses her...