belonging


A Message for Partners on Mother’s Day: What Stepmoms Want You to Know

I’ve known my stepchildren for over 7 years …7 YEARS! That’s more than half their lives, yet I get reminded of my lack of belonging continuously throughout the year. Stepmom’s deal with this purposeful separation and take it personally, even if we don’t show it.  Mother’s Day is often the […]

Parents reading to children

Parents reading to children

Fitting in as a Stepmom on Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day approaches I have been reflecting on motherhood. As it tends to do, it has also shone a light on step-motherhood. I am a stepmom of 3 adult stepchildren and the biological mother of 2 girls. We are clear about what moms SHOULD be. The ideal? Mothers are […]


Increasing Your Chances of Stepfamily Success: What You Should Know

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably figured out that building a blended family is a very complicated process. One critical point that we often overlook is that most families already have an existing story that defines their values, traditions, dreams, and goals, many of which are carried on from previous […]

Stepfamily Relaxing Together

Lonely Stepmom

How Stepmoms Can Cope With ‘Biological Jealousy’

You’re not their “real” mom. As a stepmother, you know this. In fact, it’s painfully clear more often than not. No matter how many times you’ve made a pact with yourself to “let it go,” you keep coming back for more. You keep coming back because you made a commitment to this child or […]


They Just Want to Fit in – Part 3

Part 3. As a step dad, I found some ways to help my step kids feel like they fit in to our blended family. Being a step dad to 3 great kids motivated me to show them that they belong in our family, that I believe in them and that […]

Stepfamily laughing