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Madrastra – The Evil Stepmother in Latino Culture

At the beginning of my relationship with my husband, he told me not to use the word ‘madrastra’ (stepmother, in Spanish) because it sounded ‘really bad’. Never did I think to look it up in a dictionary until now, 7 years later. What I found shocked me so much that […]

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Stepmother

Pensive Stepmom

What My Worst Moments As A Stepmom Have Taught Me

There’s a lot I still don’t know about being a completely healthy, well-adjusted stepmom. There’s a lot I’m still figuring out. It’s definitely a complicated balancing act of epic proportions. But there are things I’ve been continually learning that I can pass on to other stepmoms. There are experiences we […]


Wicked “Good” Stepmom

Children’s characters are all cute and sweet. You want to cuddle with Zimba, eat honey with Winnie the Pooh, or even jump in the arms of Bagera. But when animated stepmoms were created we get a whole new genre of character. Was it really the fault of the Queens’? If […]

Wicked Good Stepmom

Mind, Body & Spirit

The Power of Three: Keeping it Together When You’re Feeling Torn Apart

Our entire life seemed to revolve around one thing – the mother of my stepsons. Now I have no kids of my own so when I entered this already made family of four I didn’t realize there would be five of us. Being a stepmom was all new territory for […]


Tell Me, Stepmom: Would You Rather Be Right or Happy?

So often I see stepmoms calling moms horrendous names, and I see equally horrifying things from moms about stepmoms or the children’s fathers. It makes my stomach churn. Not because they don’t deserve it. Not because they haven’t done those things that are causing you to call them heinous words […]

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Happy Family

Why I Use the Term “Step”

It seems that lately, I have heard a lot of stepmoms saying “I don’t use the word ‘step’ when talking about my stepkids”. I think there are two reasons for this. One is that there are some families and situations where a woman truly does see her stepchildren as her […]


The Making of a “Wicked Stepmother”: Three Sure Ways to Push a Stepmom Over the Edge

According to folklore, they lock children in towers, use them as slave labor, verbally and physically abuse them, and even try to poison them or send assassins after them … they are dad’s new wife, aka the stepmom! I can tell you from personal experience that all stepmoms are not […]

Tense Stepmom