Laura Petherbridge

Laura Petherbridge

Laura Petherbridge, known as “The Smart StepMom” serves couples and single adults with topics on spiritual growth, relationships, stepfamilies, co-parenting, single parenting, divorce prevention, and divorce recovery. She travels extensively to speak into he lives of others and writes for many online and print publications including the Billy Graham Training Center, LifeWay, Moody Broadcasting, Today’s Christian Woman, Crosswalk, to name a few. Her heart of compassion and ability to offer practical wisdom and heartfelt comfort has allowed her life serving others to remain a focus of her praying heart. Laura and her husband Steve, have been married since 1986.


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When the Stepkids Are Adults

“I’ve decided to begin some new techniques with my adult stepkids,” stepmom Nancy shared with me. “I sent an email to my step daughter-in-law sharing how I wanted to begin a…

Stepmom Living: The Things I Have Learned

I had two stepmoms in my lifetime. One when I was fourteen, and the second when I was thirty. That means I should have known what it was like to…

Dear God, Please Superglue My Mouth Shut

A few years ago, my husband and I attended a lovely marriage retreat in the Georgia mountains. Even after thirty-two years of marriage Steve and I like to get a…

Sense and Sensibility Between Mom and Stepmom

Recently, I read a comment from a stepmom seeking insight on a situation regarding her stepson’s mother. Based on what she shared, in my humble opinion, both women were making…

Stepfamily Suggestions for Weddings, Graduations and Proms, Oh My!

There’s nothing like a wedding, graduation, prom, or special occasion to get the tension taut in a stepfamily. That’s because dreams, family traditions, and high expectations are tied to these…

The Things This Stepmom Did Right

Recently, my husband and I attended his son’s 40th birthday party. It’s hard to believe he was 11 when Steve and I married. Now he is grown up, with a…

Top Ten Financial Topics to Tackle Before a Remarriage

My husband, Steve, was a banker for 25 years. So when it comes to people and their finances, he has seen it all. His signature statement is, “I spent the first…

Handling the Holidays During Loss or Grief

October through December can be an excruciating time of year for those who have experienced a loss. In addition to the death of a loved one, divorce, illness, family trauma,…

Learning How to Love My Stepsons

If I’m being totally honest, there were times in my early years as a stepmom that I didn’t even like my stepsons, much less love them. To me they seemed…

Stepping Up—Helping Others on Mother’s Day

Do you know someone who is dreading Mother’s Day ? The commemorative celebration filled with flowers, joy, and appreciation can turn into a trigger of despair for many women. As…

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