stepfamily

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…

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…

Help! I Married an Introvert: Tips for Engaging the Strong, (more) Silent Type

Yup. My husband is an Introvert—capital “I”. Let me be clear: The guy loves people! His job is, for the most part, taking care of them. But this also means…

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,…

Combating the M.E. in Marriage.

As a starry-eyed young woman, I was well aware of the difficulties marriage presented because of the high divorce rate. But I also knew I’d be different. Once I met…

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…

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