Your Journey, Your Story


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 […]

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Senior Man

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 […]


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 […]

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Stepmom Thinking

5 Stepmom Truths for His High Conflict Ex

This article is a reader’s experience kindly shared with our other readers… When it came the time to meet his ex I suspect we were all a bit apprehensive. She was the one before us and at one time your partner loved this woman. They will forever be a part […]


10 Ways Our Family is More “Broken” Than “Blended”

Our society is so politically correct these days. But what if our insistence on using “positive” words actually detracts from the truth? What are we covering when we insist that our families are blended, instead of broken? For me, I’d much rather err on the side of reality, even if that means […]

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Stepmom Feeling Guilty

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, […]


Surviving the Court Process as the Second Wife

Seven years; that’s how long my spouse and I have been together. Ten months; that’s how long we’ve officially been married. Eighteen months; that’s how long we’ve been in court to modify the original divorce decree with my husband’s ex-wife. When we started this process back in December 2015, we […]

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