From Stepchild to Stepmom: How to Do It Better on Round Two

As a child, all I wanted to do was fit in. Having parents that divorced when I was in fourth grade did not help that ambition. My dream of belonging was further crushed when my dad remarried his secretary. Now, not only did I not fit in with my friends […]


Stepmum holding a heart in her hands

Why Valentine’s Should be for our Men too

February is the month of love. For many women, it’s a time for our partners to shower us with gifts. And it’s a time for us to show our partners how much we love them.  However, the perception out there is that Valentine’s Day is more for the women.  It’s […]


6 Steps for Setting Boundaries with Your Partner’s High Conflict Ex

Setting boundaries for your partner’s high conflict ex can be a huge problem for couples and their blended family. The importance of appropriate boundaries is imperative for the success of your relationship and its longevity. My husband and I married over 4 years ago. During the first couple years he […]

Shutting ex out

The Ugly Truth about Blended Families

Last night, as we settled into bed with a glass of wine, Gabe shared that Caden had recently hurt his feelings.  He’d planned an outing he thought Caden would like, and Caden’s response hadn’t met his expectations.  It was one of a long list of disappointments my sweet husband had suffered this […]

Stepfamily trying to blend their families together

Stepmom grieving

Grieving Twice

It has been a long time since I wrote openly about my step-parenting role. You see, I am challenged by my role now; and I am not sure if I am still a “stepmom”. The worst experience that could happen to families did occur, and my husband was killed in […]