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Co-Parenting Tips for Stepmoms: Inside the July 2015 Issue

Co Parenting Tips

Inside the July 2015 Issue

The Third Wheel: Adding a Stepparent to the Co-Parenting Mix by Trisha Ladogna

The post-divorce, co-parenting relationship is unique. Unlike most business or personal relationships, it is one that a person can’t simply dismiss or walk away from. It’s not optional, and how well or poorly it functions has a significant impact on everyone involved—children, parents and stepparents.

When one or even two new stepparents enter the mix, what was once a co-parenting relationship might quickly become a co-parenting entourage. The addition of new people brings with it additional viewpoints and opinions which then require additional discussion or negotiation and may increase the opportunity for misunderstandings. Continue reading

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Teenage Stepkids: Inside the July 2015 Issue

Teenage Stepkids

Inside the July 2015 issue.

Their Teenage Years: Understanding Why Your Stepkids Act That Way by Brenda Snyder, LCSW

Teenagers are not only a challenge for stepmothers.

It seems as though they were invented so that any adult who raises them will want to turn their bedrooms into sewing rooms instead of shrines when they finally leave the nest. After all, if sending kids off to college was as hard as sending them off to preschool, we might never let them leave home for good.

Biological parents bemoan the unpredictable and sometimes monstrous behavior that overtakes their previously darling offspring. Eye rolls, sarcasm and slammed doors seem to be part of the expected family paradigm when teens are present. Sometimes, even worse behaviors Continue reading

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Inside the July 2015 Issue of StepMom Magazine

StepMom Magazine July 2015The July 2015 issue of StepMom Magazine is HERE! This month’s issue explores topics which epitomize the highs and lows of stepmothering: Having a baby, living with teenagers, dealing with changes in custody and vacationing as a stepfamily.

The July 2015 issue is full of practical information and tools you can start using today. You’ll also learn why you need to make date night a priority, why you don’t need to worry so much about your adolescent stepkids’ antics and why it’s OK to eat donuts for breakfast—or dinner even.

Here’s what you’ll find inside when you subscribe: Continue reading

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Inside The June 2015 Issue of StepMom Magazine

June 2015 StepMom Magazine

The June 2015 issue of StepMom Magazine is now available! In honor of Father’s Day, this month’s Special Edition is designed specifically “For the Men!” in our lives. You’ll find it chock full of articles which you and your partner can read separately–or together!

This edition addresses problems your partner struggles with most often (like feeling stuck in the middle). It also speaks to topics you find challenging (like feeling valued and supported). More than just a helpful resource, it’s a great tool for starting conversations with your mate. Here’s what you’ll find inside when you subscribe: Continue reading

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3 Things Stepmoms Want Most for Mother’s Day

StepMom Magazine Mothers DayEvery year millions of stepmoms wonder if they’ll get the call.

Which call? The one in which the voice on the other end of the phone says: “Hey! I know you’re not my mom, but I wanted to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day anyway. I think you’re pretty cool and I know you care a lot about my dad and our entire family. Thanks for everything you do for me.”

The women who receive those calls are lucky. Continue reading

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The May 2015 issue of StepMom Magazine is here!

Stepmom Magazine May 2015Inside StepMom Magazine this month:

* Stepmother / Stepdaughter Relationships:
Why You’re Not As Close As You’d Like to Be
* 5 Techniques for Dealing With His Difficult Ex
* When Your Kids and His Kids Don’t Get Along
* HELP to Manage Your Anxiety
* How To Get Over The Stigma of Being a Stepmother
* An Interview with Stepfamily Expert: Ron Deal
* Legal Tips for Finding the Right Lawyer
* And much more!


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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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The April 2015 issue of StepMom Magazine 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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