The Real Reason Children (and Adults) Hate Their Stepmothers – Guest Blog

"Put the blame on Mame. That sums up how many of the women with stepchildren I interviewed for my book, Stepmonster, felt about the stepmother role. They told me: "The kids are hostile and rejecting no matter what I do. I know it's not their fault. But it's as if I'm not supposed to have any …

Keeping Your Word

We are all guilty of this from time to time… we say we’ll do something and then life gets complicated and we get busy. Some things fall through the cracks.Whether it’s with kids, friends, family, or coparenting… stay consistent. Be present.Don’t make a habit out of things being left said and not done. This pattern …

Step-Parenting Teenagers – Why This Stepmom Has Taken A Major Step Back

When I first became a stepmom, the kids were 5 and 5. Our girls had known each other, and DH and I had been friends since the first six months of SD's life. Our girls are five months apart. I'll never forget when we first started dating. They were sweet, interested and excited about this …

5 Reasons Why Parallel Parenting Is Better Than Co-Parenting

We are not the "perfectly" blended family. We aren't the blended family that sits together at school activities, throws co-birthday parties, and wears matching tee-shirts for our child. As a stepmother, I've had to navigate uncharted waters in the relationship with my stepdaughter's mother - and so has my husband. Like so many other families, …