Michelle Zunter


Stepmom in the Middle

If you have a stepchild or stepchildren who shuttle between mom and dad’s house on a regular basis, then you’re probably all too familiar with the complicated issues that can arise during these transitions. Just because there’s an organized visitation schedule doesn’t mean all the people involved are consistently happy […]

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Pensive Stepmom

3 Words Every Stepmom Knows

I think it can be universally agreed that most girls don’t dream about becoming a stepmother when they grow up. I didn’t even know what a real-life stepmom was until I stayed at a friend’s family home over the holidays when I was 19. This was an eye-opening experience for […]


Dear Stepmoms, It’s Okay To Let Go Sometimes (And Here’s How)

“Just let it go!” Easier said than done for most of us. “Letting go” is about much more than simply acting like something doesn’t bother you anymore. It’s about consciously moving on without allowing counter-productive thoughts to clutter your mind and essentially consume your life. There will come a point […]

Stepmom Thinking

Stepmom smelling flowers

What It Means To Be A Stepmom on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is upon us. That Sunday in May where a lot of us will be planning something special for the mothers in our lives. For the most part, we will try to give thanks to mothers for their love, encouragement, blood, sweat, and tears spent raising us in this […]


How Stepmoms Can Cope With ‘Biological Jealousy’

You’re not their “real” mom. As a stepmother, you know this. In fact, it’s painfully clear more often than not. No matter how many times you’ve made a pact with yourself to “let it go,” you keep coming back for more. You keep coming back because you made a commitment to this child or […]

Lonely Stepmom

Stepmom and stepdaughter

Why It’s Okay to Love Your Stepchildren Like Your Own and What That Really Means

Throughout my stepparenting journey, I’ve faced road blocks, bad attitudes, careless words, and just plain ignorance. And much of this negativity came from other adults ― not my stepchild. Due to my experiences, I’ve come to an interesting realization in regard to how we as a society, perceive the stepparent […]


How My Stepson Changed the Way I Parent

I consider the bond I have built with my stepson to be one of the most important and meaningful relationships of my life. I also consider him to be one of the major influences in how I parent my own daughter. At the beginning of my stepparenting journey, I didn’t […]

Stepmom and stepson