Magazine Articles


How to Successfully Plan a Party with Your Husband’s Ex

This one is for my fellow stepmoms out there. Learning how to develop a working relationship with my stepdaughter’s mother is a huge part of my Sanity Plan. This is one aspect of my life that can get pretty strained in a hurry if I don’t steer it in a […]

Birthday Party

Tense Stepmom

The Making of a “Wicked Stepmother”: Three Sure Ways to Push a Stepmom Over the Edge

According to folklore, they lock children in towers, use them as slave labor, verbally and physically abuse them, and even try to poison them or send assassins after them … they are dad’s new wife, aka the stepmom! I can tell you from personal experience that all stepmoms are not […]


Parental Alienation Is Also a Stepparent Issue

The concept of “parental alienation” has gathered more notice in recent times as more parents and experts are examining what it is and how it affects both children and adults. The increase in awareness is a positive move in the right direction, as the problem has a significant impact on […]

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Stepmom Thinking

10 Ideas to Help Prepare for Becoming a Stepparent

  Becoming a stepparent is one of the hardest things I have ever done. It was never in my plan. In fact, it was quite literally a check in a “no” column when it came to my dating preferences. I had been through hell and back with my own broken […]


Stepmum Do’s and Don’ts

I’ve recently been thinking about the ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ of stepparenting. It’s a bit of a mine field at the best of times and having searched through about 20 articles, I can’t honestly say I’ve found one that applies to real life. It’s all very well saying ‘Do have a […]

Stepmum Thinking

Stepfamily Smiling Outdoors

Too Close to the Fire: Why a Stepparent Sometimes Needs to Step Back to Appreciate the Beauty

I’ve stepparented for over six years; long enough for six children in a vehicle, around a table, and as a part of everyday life to feel “normal.” It’s hard to recall a time when my life only included my two children. I’ve seen these kids, his and mine, grow from […]