[coparent]ing

The Successful Stepmom’s Toolbelt

Have you ever wished that a user manual came with the stepmom role? That a fairy god(step)mother would tell you how to do this right, without screwing up your marriage or the kids? I know I have! And often! ...

Best Kept Secret to Being Friends with The Ex

It’s no secret that maintaining a blended family is hard work. Marriage is hard work, but marriage in a blended family can feel insurmountable at times. Despite how well you co-parent with the other home, te...

How to See The Ex without Breaking a Sweat

There was a time in my stepmomming journey when I thought I would never be able to see my husband’s ex without feeling sick to my stomach. Even though she and I never had any direct confrontations, I still didn...
15 Mind-Blowing Facts about Blended Families

15 Mind-Blowing Facts about Blended Families

This weekend, my husband, stepdaughter, and I attended my sister's high school graduation. My inquisitive 8-year-old asked me how I was related to the graduate, and thus, a detailed family tree conversation ens...

Are YOU a High-Conflict Stepmom?

Being a stepmom is a tough gig. It involves a ton of work for virtually no credit. If you’re lucky, your husband will provide the occasional affirmation, but even that cannot be expected as a stepmom. Sometime...

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 promotin...

How To Mom Seminar for less than $40!

Ever wonder if you're doing this mom thing right? Do you wonder how all of the other moms make it look so easy? Want to know "How To Mom for Dummies?" As stepmoms (at least those of us that don't yet hav...

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...

A Quick Reference to Common Custody Schedules

There's a big "C word" in the shared parenting world: custody. Parents love their children so much, and it's hard to be satisfied with the time you have. Whether it's 80% or 20%, it never feels like enough. Hav...