Combo Parents


5 Ways Stepkids Perceive Stepparents to Be a Threat

Stepparents and their stepkids are often known to butt heads or be in conflict with one another. To many stepparents, the rejection or negative attitude directed at them by their partner’s children is perplexing and hurtful because they labor, to no avail, an effort to build an amicable relationship. What […]

Stepmom and Stepdaughter

Lonely Girl

A Stepchild’s Perspective: the Worst Part About Having a Stepmom

My dad married my stepmom when I was eight. When the officiate asked me if I would welcome her into our family, my mouth said “yes,” while my whole body screamed “no.” That was before I even had any idea of what it would be like. I just knew that […]


Employee of the Week

Imagine, if you will, that you work in a business where as part of the normal workflow you must work every other week at a different location. You pack up all your stuff – you might even need to put it in a large briefcase on wheels – and go […]

Woman at Work

Stepmom looking through a lense

A Stepmom’s Look Through the Lens of a Mother

Like many stepparents, my relationship with my spouse’s ex is not what I would call amicable. I wish it was, I really do. I would like to have the kind of situation where either of us might call the other to collaborate about the children’s needs in a friendly manner. […]


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 […]

Stepfamily Smiling Outdoors

Laughing Stepmom

Lighten Up a Bit: How to Apply More Humour to Your Stepparent Role

If there is one thing that’s required in life, it’s having a good old giggle with friends and family. Laughing is fun, healthy, and it makes us happy. In the world of stepparenting, we can get so hung up on this complex role that we are often guilty of taking […]


Sharing the Love

Following the birth of my little girl, I’ve reflected a lot on families and family dynamics; in between breastfeeding, changing diapers and reading “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” of course. And I’ve come to realize something. Some of the biggest challenges of steplife boil down to the […]

Parents and Children