stepparenting


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

Stepmom Thinking

10 Ideas to Help Prepare for Becoming a Stepparent

  Becoming a stepparent is one of the hardest things I have ever done. It was never in my plan. In fact, it was quite literally a check in a “no” column when it came to my dating preferences. I had been through hell and back with my own broken […]


Too Close to the Fire: Why a Stepparent Sometimes Needs to Step Back to Appreciate the Beauty

I’ve stepparented for over six years; long enough for six children in a vehicle, around a table, and as a part of everyday life to feel “normal.” It’s hard to recall a time when my life only included my two children. I’ve seen these kids, his and mine, grow from […]

Stepfamily Smiling Outdoors

Pensive Stepmom

3 Words Every Stepmom Knows

I think it can be universally agreed that most girls don’t dream about becoming a stepmother when they grow up. I didn’t even know what a real-life stepmom was until I stayed at a friend’s family home over the holidays when I was 19. This was an eye-opening experience for […]


When “Step” Means Step Back

  I love to laugh. Laughing is my favorite. And I’ve been told on more than one occasion that my laugh is quite recognizable for its volume and intensity. So the day my husband said, “It’s good to hear that laugh again”, it hit me. Time to take stock. What […]

Stressed Stepmom

Pensive Stepmom

Why I Miss the Stepmom

If someone told me eight years ago that I would be missing my children’s stepmom I would have told them they are freaken crazy. No way in the world could I ever miss that lady. The struggles, arguments, and disagreements were enough to make anyone pull their hair out. Walking […]