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Sharing the Love

With the birth of my little girl three months ago, 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 […]

Parents and Children

Stepmom and Stepdaughter

Happy Mother’s Day to the Under-Defined Mother Figures Out There

I don’t have a word to use that articulates the kinship tie I share with my boyfriend’s daughter.  I’m simply “daddy’s girlfriend,” because at this point, only marriage can afford me a recognizable motherhood title like “stepmom.” But I am something to this child that reaches far beyond “daddy’s girlfriend.” […]


Precious Moments: Valuing alone time with the children

When looking back on some of my favorite childhood memories, I think of the King of Prussia Mall. I remember the shop ‘til ya drop days spent with my mom. I never wanted those days to end.  Spending time alone with my mom was special because I didn’t have to […]

Stepmom and stepdaughter talking

Father and son

This One’s for the Boys: Tips for Dads

I am fairly confident that the majority of my readership are women – stepmoms specifically. Considering they are my main target group, I’m quite pleased with that! However, understanding stepfamily dynamics is important for everyone. Who knows? You may end up living in a stepfamily someday, you may teach kids […]


Stepping Away from Daddy Guilt

Creating boundaries are important for self-care…indeed, often times, our survival. Figuring out what we can control and what we can’t, and then basing our decisions and actions on that is a critical component of creating boundaries.  Let’s be honest, we’d like to be able to control a lot more of the […]

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