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 Mother’s Day Hurts

“Oh, no — May is here,” the woman muttered as she stared at her calendar. “That means Mother’s Day is coming.” She sighed. “It’s the worst day of the year…

Pondering Limitless Love

In the ’70s, there was a wildly popular song by Roberta Flack entitled, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. It has a soothing melody and lovely lyrics. However,…

Mother and Daughter — When Roles Reverse

My mom and I live in different cities in Florida, but our hometown is near Buffalo, N.Y. Neither of us enjoy the cold weather anymore; however, a special family birthday…

Two Grandmas

Twenty-five years ago, my two stepsons were 11 and 13 when their dad and I got married. To them, I have always been “Stepmother” or “my dad’s wife,” which is…

When V-Day is D-Day

“I hate Valentine’s Day,” the middle-aged woman sadly shared with me. “Why?” I responded. “At my office, I have to spend the entire day watching the other women receive flowers…

What’s Your Price Tag?

Just before Christmas while opening the mail, I reviewed the tax statement in the pile. “Pitiful,” I whispered to myself as I saw the small amount of money I’d made…

Conquering Holiday Hassles — Part 2

Please welcome back Dr. Laura Petherbridge, who has for several years poured her life into teaching and ministering to families worldwide. Today we continue her post from yesterday — Conquering…

Conquering Holiday Hassles Part 1

When I was a child, Christmas Eve was an elaborate event in my dad’s Italian family. For that special night, my Nana prepared an exceptional menu of meats, fish, pastas,…

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