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Running As Self-Care

Any scroll through your Facebook newsfeed can show you inspiring and transformative journeys people have experienced through running. Most recently circulating the interwebs has been the story of two women who went from strangers to friends as they finished the Pittsburgh Marathon together, hand in hand. I own a running […]


Smiling Stepdad and Teen Son

The Stepdad, Pillows And Fish Tacos

I was a 14-year old 8th grader. I put my finger in my stepdad’s face. He was twice my size. We were in our new, San Diego living room…his living room. And with everything I had, I spouted,   “FUCK YOU!”  I was ready to punch him. I wanted to fight […]


5 Things You Need to Know if You’re Dating a Man with Kids

As children, we often grow-up listening to fairy tales and promises of a happily-ever-after. However, with the high divorce rates these days, it may very well be that your prince charming turns out to be a divorced dad.   Getting into a relationship with a man who has kids means that […]

Stepfamily Having Fun

Stepmom in thought

No One Ever Dreams of Becoming a Stepmom

Growing up to be a mother was never a priority for me. Growing up and getting married wasn’t really either. But one thing I can tell you for sure is that I certainly never thought for even one split second that I would become a stepmother when I grew up. […]


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 […]

Happy Family

Senior Man

A Tribute to My Stepdad and Stepparenting Teacher

I learned how to be a stepparent from having one of the best. I first met my stepdad, who I always called “Dad”, when I was four-years-old. My mom brought him to our home to meet me. I was playing upstairs in my room when I heard cheerful whistling coming […]


Why It’s Okay to Love Your Stepchildren Like Your Own and What That Really Means

Throughout my stepparenting journey, I’ve faced road blocks, bad attitudes, careless words, and just plain ignorance. And much of this negativity came from other adults ― not my stepchild. Due to my experiences, I’ve come to an interesting realization in regard to how we as a society, perceive the stepparent […]

Stepmom and stepdaughter