[stepmom]ing

Can We Banish the Stepmomster?

Disney portrays the stepmother as a monster, and most kids are pretty scared when they find out they will be getting a stepmother. No child wants to be forced to mop the floors and tend to the sewing. There ...

How Badly Do You Want to Have a Child, Stepmom?

This topic is always on my heart, but I have always felt alone in my feelings about it. It wasn’t until recently when a couple of my stepmom friends brought the topic up that I realized my thoughts and feelings are valid. Jennifer wrote about her experience...

What if I Don’t Want an “Ours Baby?”

What if I don't want an “Ours Baby?" This is a question I have been asking myself for the last year or so after years of infertility and even a miscarriage. I question if I am healthy enough to have a child ...

5 Hard Truths Every Stepmom Wants Her Husband to Know

This article first appeared on stepqueen.com and has been reprinted here with permission. It is without a doubt that I can tell you this: being a stepmom has been one of the most challenging, most confusing,...

What the Exhausted Stepmom Needs to Hear

Are you exhausted? Overwhelmed? Ticked off? Have you reached a breaking point with this same old exhausted stepmom routine? But if you don't do it all, who will? You're the glue that's keeping the family together. You keep the schedule, you do the grocery s...
Why I suggested we change the custody schedule

Why I Suggested We Change the Custody Schedule

As my little one and I work on our art project, we talk about her family. She talks about her time with her sister and the silly games they play, and then she talks about her mom and stepdad. She confesses she'...

Meet Co-Parenting Champions: Jamie and Elizabeth

There are few generalizations that I actually agree with, especially when it comes to shared parenting and stepfamilies, but there are a few I will absolutely defend to my grave. 1. No 2 blended families are alike. 2. There is a right way: doing what's b...

Custody Agreements: What you NEED to Include!

I’m going to start this article upfront by saying that I am not a lawyer. Nothing you are about to read is legal advice… this is a culmination of data collected from my stepmom tribe and our mutual experi...

Anxiety: A Stepmom’s Kryptonite

Tight chest. Lump in throat. Catastrophic thoughts. Worry. Nausea. Feelings of anger, sadness, confusion, frustration, all at once. Sound familiar? It does to me too. Everyone’s experience with anxiety, whet...