Laura Petherbridge

Laura Petherbridge a/k/a The Smart Step Mom and author of When “I Do” Becomes “I Don’t”-Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce serves couples and single adults through her U.S. and international speaking opportunities. Laura is the step mom to two sons who she began parenting at age 11 and 13, and Aunt extraordinaire to her brothers four children. Laura has been a step-mom for 26 years, she and her husband have been married for 26 years.

Holiday Tips for Blended Families

“I feel badly for my kids and stepkids during the holidays,” Amber, a stepmom explained. “They are shuffled between homes, unfamiliar traditions and stepfamily members. I can tell it’s stressful for them. I wish there was something I could do to make it easier.” Amber is one smart stepmom. She recognizes the complexities and tension Continue »

Letting Go of the Dream

“I’m so glad I attended your workshop,” stepmom Marissa shared with me. “The main thing I took away from the event was that I need to stop focusing on my desire to have a ‘blended family.’” “The pain I have experienced because this wasn’t happening has been overwhelming,” she continued. “But since the workshop, I Continue »

Me and My Big Mouth

“I couldn’t get into the pool or the shower today because they were so crowded,” I huffed to the administrator at my local gym. Before she could reply I stomped out the door. Immediately I was convicted. The little voice deep inside said, “Laura, you were extremely rude to that woman. You have no right Continue »