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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A Passion for Helping Women who are Hurting

“Please remove my name from your mailing list,” the woman’s email requested. “I am no longer a stepmom.” My heart sunk as I finished her note. Divorce. Again. She became…

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…

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…

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…

Sometimes the Answer is to Politely Resign

“Sometimes I feel like my stepchildren take advantage of me,” Melinda, a stepmother of three years stated. “I clean and cook for them, and try to help them keep their…

6 Tips for a Stepmom to a Motherless Child

“Why doesn’t my mother love me? Why doesn’t she want to see me?” These are common cries from a motherless hurting child. For a variety of reasons the number of…

Resolving Stepfamily Conflict

Recently during a life coaching session I encountered a stepmom who had a track record of acting negatively toward her adult stepson and his wife. They perceived her as harsh,…

How to Help a Stepmom on Mother’s Day

I have never expected my two stepsons to acknowledge me on Mother’s Day. They have a mother—it is not me. She is the one who deserves their time, attention and…

When the Night Isn’t Silent: Christmas in a Stepfamily

“I’m struggling to know what to do about the upcoming holidays,” Vicky, a stepmom of two years shared. “My husband has two children from a previous marriage that are 11…

Trash Talking

I once had a stepmom say to me, “You know, every time I go to my stepson’s baseball game the biological mom makes it very obvious that she does not…

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