Co-parenting

“To share the duties of parenting a child”.
In other words, it’s when a family splits in two and
can still mutually and beneficially work together
in raising their child in a more positive way.

The BEST TV Shows with Nontraditional Families

If you know me personally, you know I’m a TV junkie… and I love it all! From comedy, to drama, and even the shows made for kids… if it has even a little bit of a story line, I’m all in! As we are fighting da...

The Secret to a Happy Co-Parenting Relationship

Disclaimer: this is not intended for stepmoms involved in a high-conflict situation. This is for co-parents who are civil but sometimes feel like things are all out of whack! Want to know the secret to having a happier, more effective relationship with the mo...

How I Became (and Stay!) Best Friends with my Stepchild’s Mom

It has been 1,284 days since I met my now-husband (but who’s counting?). In that time, I have been introduced to my now-stepdaughter, met her mom, been blindsided by my husband being served paperwork to modify the custody agreement, fought a bitter custody bat...

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...
Top Tips for a Seamless Transition to the Summer Custody Schedule

Top Tips for a Seamless Transition to the Summer Custody Schedule

It’s officially SUMMER! And if you’re in a traditional nuclear family, you are probably thrilled about it. For blended families, summertime often brings on added stress, largely due to a shift to the summer custody schedule. After being in a routine for 9 m...
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...