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.
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 promoting her clothing boutique at the event. Kind of uniq...

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. ...

The Differences Between Co-Parenting and Parallel Parenting

In different seasons of my husband's post-divorce period, we've had to implement two different shared parenting styles with his ex-wife. There was a period of time when we simply co-existed. We weren't hostile, but we also didn't work together. We sat on oppos...
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 yourself in the shadows, reach out to your husband, yo...
Blended Family Christmas

My Favorite Blended Family Christmas Tradition

The holidays can be such a chaotic time for children of divorce. Growing up, I had 2 separate Christmases, and there was even one year I spent most of Christmas day on an airplane shuffling between Mom's and Da...

32 Great Gifts for Moms and Stepmoms!

What kind of a mother doesn't have a million mom mugs in her cabinets and funny t-shirts in her closet? My cabinets are full of "Baby Maker" mugs and my closet can always use another "#momlife" t-shirt. I kno...