High Conflict Exes


What Two Ducks Taught Me About Motherhood

I never had my own children. They were my children.  The ones I laughed with and played with.  The ones I baked for and made new holiday traditions with. I was never going to birth my own children.  It was never going to be in the cards. So I made the most of it. […]


Parental Alienation Court Hearing

How Well-Meaning Community Professionals Assist in Parental Alienation

Recently, I was reminded of why I hate talking about parental alienation. A 30–minute session with the benefits rep at work left me feeling victimized and helpless all over again. Questions that ensued from such a simple interaction like –Did you call the police? or Why didn’t you call DFS?– left me feeling deflated and left her convinced that I’m not only crazy but also most likely a child […]


Q&A with Jenna Korf on the High-Conflict Ex-Wife – Part 1

Corinne Foote, Founder and Editor of Stepparent Magazine chats to Jenna Korf of StepmomHelp.com about the high-conflict ex-wife. Questions asked included: What does high-conflict mean and what behaviour can we expect some someone considered to have high-conflict behaviours? Is it better for stepmums not to have communication with the ex-wife, […]

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Pensive Stepmom

Stepping Above the Drama of His Ex

This article is a reader’s personal experience they have kindly shared with our readers… Being a stepmom in a newly blended family has been the hardest task of my life. For me, the most challenging part has been learning how to deal with my husband’s ex and controlling my feelings […]


The Guilty Stepmom

Being a stepmom is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I find myself dealing with an HCE and dysfunctional situations on a constant basis. What happened to my once carefree life?  It is now burdened with complications, which cause guilt especially when things escalate between my husband, […]

Stepmom Feeling Guilty

Child witnessing parents arguing

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 […]


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 […]

Laughing Stepmom