Your Journey, Your Story


The Metaphor That Changed My Entire Perspective on the Stepmom Role

I was in a really bad place. The slightest mention of the family he had before me sent me into turmoil and agony. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t come first. Why I couldn’t be his only. I loved his daughter, and logically, I understood that without his first wife, […]

Pensive Stepmom

Woman in Thought

The Stepmom Who Wanted to Leave…But Stayed

When I married my husband over 5 years ago, I anticipated a wonderful marriage full of love and devotion. What I didn’t expect was feeling like I had made the biggest mistake of my life. I left my perfectly happy single life and never anticipated the heaviness of this marriage. […]


An Open Letter to the Bio Mom

The relationship I have with my stepchildren’s bio mom is very simple. It basically consists of having minimum contact with each other. The only time we talk is if it has to do with the children. This is what works for us. I have always had an open door policy […]

Woman Writing

Senior Man

A Tribute to My Stepdad and Stepparenting Teacher

I learned how to be a stepparent from having one of the best. I first met my stepdad, who I always called “Dad”, when I was four-years-old. My mom brought him to our home to meet me. I was playing upstairs in my room when I heard cheerful whistling coming […]


Why Blended Can Feel More Like Broken

Changing the words used to describe a problem does not necessarily change the underlying issue. In fact, I worry that it can actually discredit the true experiences that real people are living. We are a “blended” family, but sometimes it feels more broken than blended. My husband and I got married […]


Mother and Son

Tales of an Almost-Mom

The first time I met Caleb and Alex, they hid under their beds. At the time, I knew so little about kids that I had to be coaxed along in order to hunt for them. “Maybe they’re in their bedroom,” James said, winking. I was nervous, and I wished they […]