Stepmum/Mum


Stepmums: Signs You May Need to Call Time on Befriending Your Partner’s Ex

So, you’ve started dating a guy who has children with his ex. Evidently, you want your stepmum journey to be as plain sailing as possible, and this means attempting to get along with your stepchildren and even your partner’s ex. Now, when I mention the word ‘befriend’, I don’t mean […]

Stepmum and ex shaking hands

Stepmom putting hand out

Protect Yourself from High-Conflict Exes and their Pattern of Dysfunction

When dealing with a High-Conflict Ex (HCE), it’s imperative to not get caught up in their constant complaining, negativity and attacks. From my experience, there is a clear pattern of behavior that presents itself. Knowing this and understanding this pattern keeps my husband and I from getting sucked into the […]


AN INTERVIEW: A Mom and Stepmom Discuss their Friendship

“We are the best of friends” Shelby Hilliard is mom to a daughter, and a stepmom to Latisa Valdez’s four children. Over the years, their relationship has blossomed into best friend status; however, they admit that it wasn’t always easy. Below, these moms discuss where it all began; what the […]

Shelby & Latisa

Stepmom and stepdaughter talking

Precious Moments: Valuing alone time with the children

When looking back on some of my favorite childhood memories, I think of the King of Prussia Mall. I remember the shop ‘til ya drop days spent with my mom. I never wanted those days to end.  Spending time alone with my mom was special because I didn’t have to […]


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 […]

Storm ahead high-conflict

Stepmom looking over a fence

Learning How to Set Boundaries with the Ex-Wife

Being firm, not mean! Robert had been divorced from his ex-wife for almost three years when he met Joanna. They became quick friends and their friendship grew into a romance.  After dating for two and a half years they then married.  Although Robert loved Joanna, he found newly married life […]