emotions


Navigating Our New Reality During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This is tough stuff people. This is beyond anything we are used to…or even could have imagined. Kids in our space home from school. Partner in our space working from home. Loss of job or the possibility of job loss then financial stressors on top of that. And one of […]

Lady during Covid-19

Heart Puzzle Joining Together

When You Wish You Knew Your Stepchildren – Our Parental Alienation Nightmare

My stepchildren are brainwashed and there is not one thing I can do about it.  Family court perpetuates it, their small town and maternal family members enable it, and the lawyers profit off it. The only thing I can do is speak about how parental alienation has affected the life […]


Christmas Expectations: How to Manage the Stress and Set Yourself up for Success

Christmas is not always the most wonderful time of the year. Often we are dealing with extra stress, spending more money, more pressure, and less sleep. That doesn’t even include the step-family layers of competition between houses, missing kids because of custody disputes and threats, last minute schedule changes, and […]

Woman Meditating at Christmas

Stepmom Struggling

On Stepparent Struggles

You’re here, step’rent, so it’s safe to assume that you’re a proactive person. You seek out support and strategies. Presumably, you practice some of the suggested strategies. You set boundaries, you practice self-care, and you extend grace to yourself (as best you can). Yet, it’s also safe to assume that […]


Journal Out the Stepmom Stressors

Eight Reasons Why Journaling Is Good For You Journaling is good for you, and your relationships. Unlike your partner and your friends, the pages in your journal will never grow weary of listening to you lament about stepparenting. Or anything else for that matter. The next time you find yourself […]

Woman Writing in her Journal

Couple Holding Hands

How Couples Can Work on Restoring Positive Emotional Feelings

I have a confession to make, writing these blogs have been good for me and subsequently my relationship with my husband.  This seriously helps me dig deeper in my own life, marriage and in how I show up and am with my husband. Also, what happens in our relationship becomes inspiration […]


From the File of Difficult Conversations: Planning Family Vacations

Among my stepmom files is a folder labeled “Difficult Conversations.” It’s one of those expandable file folders and, just over four years in, it’s already overflowing. This folder could also be aptly named, “Surprise! Stepparenting is Hard!” because (a) it is, and (b) this, somehow, still surprises me. Despite a […]

Family Vacation