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Stepmom Tip – Co-Parenting With The Ex

Stepmom Co-Parenting

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Stepmom Tip: Co-Parenting With The Ex
Co-parenting with the ex is a team sport. It takes two. You can’t do it alone. If the ex isn’t willing to co-parent, parallel parenting is your best option. It’s better for kids to have two sets of rules rather than be exposed to constant conflict.

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Stepmom Tip – Stepmom Struggles

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Stepmom Tip:  Stepmom Struggles
You can be unhappy with a situation and still be committed to your stepfamily. Keep your problems in perspective and remember that struggles are simply that–struggles. Keep going. You’ve got this!

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Inside the May 2016 Issue of StepMom Magazine

StepMom Magazine May 2016

The May 2016 Issue

The May 2016 issue of StepMom Magazine is HERE!

The fact that you’re reading this proves how dedicated you
are to improving yourself, your relationships and your stepfamily. That makes you special. We hope you’ll read the articles in this month’s edition and take each word to heart. Here are some of the issues we address this month:

* why your stepkids might not acknowledge you on Mother’s Day
* how to bridge the gap between you and your stepdaughter
* why his ex might resent you and what you can do about it
* understanding your relationship with the ex
* what to do if you don’t love your stepkids
* dealing with dad and how he disciplines (or doesn’t!)

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Stepmoms and Mother’s Day – Inside the May 2016 Issue

Stepmoms and Mother's Day

Inside the May 2016 Issue

Stepmoms and Mother’s Day: 7 Reasons Stepkids Snub Us on the Mother of All Holidays by Trisha Ladogna, GDP

One of the most difficult aspects of Mother’s Day, for a stepmother, can be trying to understand why our stepchildren (particularly those we have good relationships with) don’t recognize us on Mother’s Day.

Being ignored by your stepchildren on Mother’s Day—well, it just sucks, especially if you have been in their lives for a long period of time and do lots of mothering stuff for and with them: the supporting, encouraging, packing of lunches and running to band practice-type stuff that goes unappreciated and unacknowledged for hardworking stepmoms everywhere. Continue reading

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Taming the Mommy Tiger – Inside the May 2016 Issue

Mommy Tigers

Inside the May 2016 Issue

Taming the Mommy Tiger: Why Letting Your Stepkids Call You “Mom” Fuels His Ex’s Resentment (And What You Can Do About It!) by Wednesday Martin, PhD

One of the most common questions I hear from women who marry or partner with men who have kids is, “What should they call me?”

While there’s no one right answer, I do concur with the overwhelming majority of experts and women in the trenches who know from first-hand experience that there is, in a broad sense, a wrong one (to which there are rare exceptions): Mom. Or Mommy. Or Mother. You get the idea. Continue reading

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Stepmom Stepdaughter Communication – Inside the May 2016 Issue

Stepmom Stepdaughter Communication

Inside the May 2016 Issue

Stepmoms and Stepdaughters Connecting: Use Conversation to Bridge the Gap Between You by Claudette Chenevert

We read stories about the challenges between stepmoms and their stepdaugthers on social media, in private forums, in magazines and in books. Why is that? And we’re not just talking about their teenage years, although those often are the most challenging. I’m also talking about our ability—or inability—to have meaningful conversations with our adult stepdaughters.

There are times when, no matter how much you try, it feels as if you and she are speaking two different languages. Continue reading

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Stepmoms and Ex-Wives – Inside the May 2016 Issue

Stepmoms and Ex-wives

Inside the May 2016 Issue

Stepmoms and Ex-Wives: 5 Relationship Paradigms: Which Do You Choose? by Brenda Snyder, LCSW

Few relationships a stepmom navigates are as tricky as the one she has with her partner’s ex. There are many obvious reasons for this complexity. (Perhaps, most notably, you’ve both seen the same man naked.) You may wonder what constitutes normal when it comes to your relationship with your stepchildren’s mother, as this particular pairing usually feels anything but. /p>

Normal (my least favorite word) is impossible to define. There are simply too many variables, in these complicated family situations, though I have noticed that a few consistent patterns emerge in stepmom/ex relationships and it can be helpful to assess yours with these paradigms in mind. Continue reading

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Stepmom Tip – Be a Supportive Stepmom

You are enough

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Stepmom Tip: Be a Supportive Stepmom
You can’t fix what you didn’t break. It’s not your job to clean up someone else’s mess. Being a loving and supportive stepmom is enough.

 

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Stepmom Tip – Managing Expectations

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Stepmom Tip: Managing Expectations
Lowering your expectations doesn’t mean you have to settle for less.
It means you’re willing to let others be who they are without trying to control them.

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Inside the April 2016 Issue of StepMom Magazine

StepMom Magazine April 2016

The April 2016 Issue

The April 2016 issue of StepMom Magazine is HERE!

We just know you’re going to love this month’s edition! The articles are designed to help you tackle the specific challenges that come with loving someone who has kids from a past life—no matter what situation you find yourself in. This month you’ll learn:

* how to deal with your partner’s high-conflict ex
* 4 secret power moves to help you become a happier stepmom
* what to expect if you’re expecting
* tips for parenting his kids and yours (together!)
* the differences between custody and residency
* how to accept the universal truths about stepfamily life
…AND MUCH MORE!

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