Monthly Archives: June 2016


A Final Goodbye to my Ex: Mourning Death after Divorce

My ex and I divorced over 8 years ago.  That goodbye was hard enough, as we had been married for over 17 years and had two children together.  Never did I think I would have to permanently say goodbye to him when his unexpected death took our whole family by […]

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Bratty stepchild

8 Tips for Liking Your Stepchild – When you Don’t

For years, I thought I didn’t like kids. It turns out I just didn’t like badly-behaved kids. But then again, who does? The kids’ parents, that’s who! The biological bond enables parents to love, forgive and accept their children—even in the worst scenarios. Most stepparents aren’t capable of that, so […]


6 Life Lessons I’ve Learned Being a Stepmom

Along my step-parenting journey, I have learned some intense lessons that have become my tested tools for life. Some of these tools were already in my repertoire, but since I became a stepmom they have been completely transformed into the life lessons I will carry with me forever. I have […]

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Father and son

This One’s for the Boys: Tips for Dads

I am fairly confident that the majority of my readership are women – stepmoms specifically. Considering they are my main target group, I’m quite pleased with that! However, understanding stepfamily dynamics is important for everyone. Who knows? You may end up living in a stepfamily someday, you may teach kids […]


The Impact of Divorce: Grief and Loss in Stepchildren

We can all agree that step-parenting is hard. And complicated. Often times the hardest parts are what is presented by the stepchildren and their behaviours. Sometimes we have a really hard time getting to know the children, let alone liking them and loving them can be a big stretch, too. […]

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Storm ahead high-conflict

Expect the Unexpected: Learning How to Deal with a High Conflict Ex-Wife

The day Joanna met her husband’s ex-wife she had just baked cookies and was sending the kids home with a huge bag of home-baked goodness. His ex-wife walked in the house to pick up the kids, and as she was leaving dropped the bag of cookies on the floor, stepped […]


Be True to You

People tend to describe me as kind, fun, driven, adventurous, helpful, creative, confident, hard-working, and loyal. My sister calls me the “goodwill ambassador” because I am always trying to make friends, keep the peace, and find balance. Sure, I have negative traits as well. I am overly anxious, I’m a […]

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