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It's Only Toast

As women, as mothers, and sometimes as stepmothers, it can feel like we’re giving, giving, giving, and putting ourselves last. Let me...

Stepmom Survival Guide

That title is a big promise, isn’t it? After much research, reading, coaching, discussion, and six years (so far) as a stepmom myself,...

Chicken and Egg

You know that saying about the chicken and the egg, and which one comes first? I’m always reminded of it when I talk about the importance...

Insider vs Outsider

One of the most common experiences reported by stepmoms is that of feeling like an outsider. I have talked about this before, and it is...

Start to Finish: This Isn't a Sprint

Patellofemoral pain syndrome; got it. As in, I have it. Hubby and I were training for another half marathon and all of a sudden my knee...

An Open Letter to My Stepfather

To my Stepfather: Thank you for sticking with me. I was a teenager when we met. You came into my life at a time of change, attempted...

12 Days of Tips for Holiday Peace

Tip 1: Plan in Advance It is often the ‘unknown’ that causes stress, so sit down with your partner and make a plan – be sure to...

Sharing the Love

Following the birth of my little girl, I’ve reflected a lot on families and family dynamics; in between breastfeeding, changing diapers...

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...

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...

The Restorative Power of "Me Time"

This past Sunday afternoon, we hosted a little gathering of friends and their kids to celebrate my daughter’s second birthday. That...