Being a stepmother is difficult and comes with a negative reputation. Lady Tremaine (aka Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother), anyone? The day-to-day battles you face with your stepchildren, your spouse or both can be exhausting and emotionally-draining. Many women wonder: Why is falling in love with a person who has children so hard?
“The Happy Stepmother: Stay Sane, Empower Yourself, Thrive in Your New Family,” by Rachelle Katz, EdD, LMFT, provides answers.
You’ll recognize Katz’s name not only from her book but also from her articles in StepMom Magazine. As a regular contributor, she draws on her credentials, stepmom support group leadership experience and private practice to address reader questions. Her self-help guide was initially released in 2010 and is now available on Kindle.
In it, Katz leads you through “10 Steps” designed to provide direct help, separate myth from reality and shift cultural perceptions associated with the stepmom role while, as she says, helping you “improve and strengthen your relationship with our partner.” She writes from a place of personal experience and professional expertise.
Here, we take a closer look at her own story and learn a bit more about her book. …To read the rest of this article, log in and download the January 2018 issue. Don’t have an account? Click here to subscribe.