Stepfamily Articles, Advice & Announcements

Suzanne Somers Says Blended Family Life Was ‘Hell’

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“I often marvel that we made it through.”

Suzanne Somers. The name alone evokes memories of her role as Chrissy – the lovable, intellectually-challenged, blonde bombshell – on the 1970s TV sitcom “Three’s Company.” Or maybe you caught her more recent performance on the hit reality show “Dancing with the Stars.” She is an actress, comedienne, singer, entrepreneur, alternative medicine advocate and best-selling author.

Yet, she’s also a stepmom … and has been for 38 years!

Not many famous women lay claim to their stepmom status publicly much less elaborate on it. That’s why we here, at StepMom Magazine, adore Suzanne Somers – for being transparent and candid about her thoughts on blended family life in a recent interview with Closer Weekly Magazine. Click on the link below to read a summary of the interview by Karen Mizoguchi of UK’s and find out what Somers says it was really like to marry a man with kids. Afterward, let us know what you think by posting a comment below.


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Be Featured: StepMom Magazine’s 2015 Father’s Day Edition

Stepmom Fathers DayWe’re looking for one, fabulous (and madly in love!) stepcouple to feature on the cover of the June 2015 issue of StepMom Magazine!

This annual edition is a StepMom Magazine reader favorite! In honor of Father’s Day, it features articles written exclusively for men. It’s a great tool for dads and stepmoms who want to learn, grow and strengthen their relationship – together.

To be considered, send an email to: and include:

* A great photo of just you and your partner (large file, hi-res)
* Your names, address, phone number, occupations
* Relationship status and length of time together
* Number of children & stepchildren (yours and his)
* A few sentences about your story (how you met, your challenges)
* What you love most about him

The cover couple will be notified by email. We will feature as many other couples as possible in a special Father’s Day photo collage section.

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Stepmoms: The April 2015 issue is here!

Stepmom April Cover 2015Inside StepMom Magazine this month:

* HELP! What to Do if Your Stepchild Isn’t Likeable
* Why “Blending” Shouldn’t Be Your Family’s Goal
* Shared Parenting Agreements: Get It in Writing!
* How Your Personality Affects Your Role as a Stepmother
* Step-Grandparenting: When Your Stepkids Have Kids
* TIRED of Trying? When Stepmoms Need A Timeout
* Stepfamily Finances: Saving for Your Future
* Learn Why Most Stepkids Don’t Want Three Parents
* And much more!


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Stepmoms and Moms: You Don’t Need to Be Friends!

Stepmoms and Moms FriendsFor stepmoms who may be feeling like they’ve somehow failed because their relationship with the ex is anything but friendly, here are some thoughts on why it’s really OK—and why you’re not a failure—if you’ll never be BFFs with your stepchildren’s mother.

Stepfamily dynamics are complicated.
Up to 72 percent of remarriages with kids end in divorce, according to the Virginia Longitudinal Study of Divorce and Remarriage conducted by pioneer stepfamily researcher E. Mavis Hetherington. The multi-tiered complexities of stepfamily life make it challenging for couples to survive, much less entertain, a relationship with their partner’s ex. However, it is more than a worthwhile goal to achieve at least a modicum of Basic Etiquette 101—being cordial and polite—when one is interacting with their partner’s ex. Continue reading

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Stepmoms: The March 2015 issue is here!

Stepmom Magazine March 2015Look at what’s inside:

* A Stepmom’s Guide to Detaching & Disengaging
* 5 Ways to Be A Positive Influence for Your Sepkids
* Learn How to Keep His Ex from Coming Between You
* Tips for Setting (and Enforcing!) Healthy Boundaries
* Why Traditional Gender Roles Don’t Work in Stepfamilies
* Legal Tips: What You Need to Know About Posting Online
* Guidelines to Navigate the Discomfort of Stepfamily Life
* Why It’s OK to Feel Angry (and What You Can Do!)
* And Much More!


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Stepmoms: The February 2015 issue is here!

Stepmom Magazine February 2015Look at what’s inside:

* Put Your Relationship First (Without putting his kids last!)
* Advice for Stepmoms Dealing with Anger & Resentment
* How to Help His Legal Case By Documenting Everything
* 6 Tips to Strengthen Trust in Each Other
* Don’t Like His Parenting Decisions? Read This!
* Learn How to Create a United Parenting Front
* Diary of a Former Stepmom
* 4 Valentine Gifts To Rock His World–And Yours!
* And much more!


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Stepmom Tips and Advice

Stepmom Tips AdviceSign up for FREE stepmom tips and advice!
Are you a woman who dates, lives with, or is married to someone who has kids? Then you’re no stranger to tricky situations!

(You know the kind we’re talking about: dealing with your partner’s ex, feeling like an outsider, stressing over child support, juggling visitation schedules, navigating the legal system–to name just a few!)

We can help!  Sign up for StepMom Tips and receive advice from leading stepfamily experts, direct to your inbox, twice a week.

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A Stepfamily Wedding: State Farm’s Newest Ad Campaign

Stepfamily Ad State Farm

State Farm ad targets remarried couples: “Sometimes at last doesn’t happen at first.”

Remarriage is on the rise and State Farm knows it. The insurance conglomerate released a commercial last month featuring a mom of one and a dad of two exchanging vows as their children cautiously look on.

If statistics are any indication, the ad will resonate with a large percentate of the U.S. population. According to recent surveys, the Pew Research Center reports: “Four in ten new marriages include at least one partner who has been married before and the number of adults who have ever remarried now stands at 42 million–a threefold increase since 1960.” Continue reading

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Stepmoms: The January 2015 issue is here!

Stepmom Magazine January 2015Look at what’s inside:

* What His Kids Really Want to Tell You (But Won’t!)
* Parental Alienation – A Lawyer’s Perspective
* What to Expect When Your Stepkids are Expecting
* Get Your Stepchildren to Listen – With Just ONE Word!
* No Kids Allowed! Tips to Reclaim Your Bedroom
* How to Create A Stepfamily Mission Statement
* Forgiveness – The Benefits of Letting Go of a Grudge
* Take The 2015 Stepmom Challenge
* And much more!


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Stepmoms: Our Holiday Gift to You

Stepmom Holiday Gift

Brenda Ockun and her husband, Gregg.

A Message from Brenda:
I receive letters from readers all year long but, the messages I receive this time of year are always a little extra special to me. I think it’s because I understand how challenging the holiday season can be for stepmoms.

Earlier this month I received a letter from a stepmom who shared her thoughts with me. She said: “Since I moved in with my partner and his kids I’ve felt unhinged. But reading the magazine makes me feel like someone has crawled inside my head. It is the best gift I could have given myself this year.”

Her note made me think. Continue reading

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