Inside the February 2018 Issue

StepMom Magazine February 2018The February 2018 issue is HERE! It’s jam-packed with expert tips, tools and advice plus personal essays from stepmoms just like you:

→ 5 Things Happy Stepmoms Do Every Day
→ Questions to Ask Yourself BEFORE Throwing in the Towel
→ 6 Tips for When You Feel Ignored or Rejected
→ A Guide to Self-Love (and how it can make your life EASIER!)
→ Strategies for Stepmoms Who Want to Disengage
→ Advice from Ron L. Deal (“The Smart Stepfamily Marriage”)
→ And much more!

Here’s what else you’ll find inside: Continue reading “Inside the February 2018 Issue”

Inside the January 2018 Issue

StepMom Magazine January 2018The January issue is HERE! These are the hot topics stepmoms (like you!) are talking about this month:

→ 4 Keys to create lasting stepfamily success
→ Your guide to setting healthy boundaries
→ Advice from a veteran stepmom (she’s also a therapist!)
→ Tips for letting go of what you can’t control
→ Self-care for the New Year in 7 simple steps
→ 4 habits of happy stepcouples
→ And more!

Here’s what else you’ll find inside: Continue reading “Inside the January 2018 Issue”

Learning to Let Go: Inside the January 2018 Issue

Let GoChild Support, Alimony and Angry Ex-Wives: Learning to Let Go of Things You Can’t Control BY MARY T. KELLY, MA

What is it in your stepfamily life that you’re in a tug of war with? What things do you have no power over or ability to control— yet resist, resent, fight, argue over and set boundaries around to make seem as if something that “just is” isn’t? Where do you engage in exercises of futility?

Here are a few givens many have a hard time accepting:
* HIS KIDS
* HIS EX
* CHILD SUPPORT Continue reading “Learning to Let Go: Inside the January 2018 Issue”

Setting Boundaries: Inside the January 2018 Issue

Setting BoundariesDon’t Be a Doormat! A Stepmom’s Guide to Setting Healthy Boundaries BY CLAUDETTE CHENEVERT

What’s worse than feeling invisible, ignored or unappreciated?

Being treated like a doormat. You do your best, as a stepmom. You give up time and money to be available for your stepkids. You listen patiently to your husband’s complaints about his ex. You grit your teeth, while said ex makes unreasonable demands on both you and your family. Continue reading “Setting Boundaries: Inside the January 2018 Issue”

The Happy Stepmother: Inside the January 2018 Issue

Happy Stepmother‘The Happy Stepmother’ An Interview With Author Rachelle Katz, EDD, LMFT BY KRISTEN WILKINSON, PSYD

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? Continue reading “The Happy Stepmother: Inside the January 2018 Issue”

A Veteran Stepmom Speaks: Inside the January 2018 Issue

Veteran StepmomA Veteran Stepmom Speaks: What I Wish I Knew Back Then BY BRENDA SNYDER, LCSW

It’s too bad you didn’t know me 20-some years ago. In possession of a newly-minted Master’s degree, a new job and a new boyfriend (with a ready-made family), I held the reins of my life in a loose, confident grip. I was omniscient and invincible.

I dismissed experienced advice personally and, sometimes, professionally. My work supervisors’ knowledge, I thought, was dated. I wanted no part of their obsolete, burnt-out, driven tips. Older stepmoms were equally irrelevant for a slew of reasons. Continue reading “A Veteran Stepmom Speaks: Inside the January 2018 Issue”

Transform Your Stepfamily: Inside the January 2018 Issue

Transform Your StepfamilyTransform Your Stepfamily: 4 Keys to Create Lasting Success and a Life You Love! BY CHRISTINA ROACH, LMHC

Ringing in a New Year, for most, is full of resolutions and commitments to make the next 12 months better than the prior ones. Unfortunately the excitement that surrounds these aspirations quickly fades, as the realities of day-to-day life take hold and the newness wanes.

What if you applied that effort, instead, toward transforming your stepfamily culture? Continue reading “Transform Your Stepfamily: Inside the January 2018 Issue”

Inside the December 2017 Issue

StepMom Magazine December 2017

The December 2017 issue HERE!

Check out what we’re talking about this month:
→ Tips to reduce holiday stress (and drama!)
→ Advice for when you feel like an outsider
→ An interview with “Erased Family” filmmaker: Ginger Gentile
→ Ways you can help grieving kids during the holidays
→ Strategies for dealing with those jealous feelings
→ And more!

Here’s what else you’ll find inside: Continue reading “Inside the December 2017 Issue”

Erasing Family: Inside the December 2017 Issue

Fighting Parental Alienation: Filmmaker Ginger Gentile Aims to Educate and Reunite #Erased Family Members By Kristen Wilkinson, PsyD

We all have our guilty, reality TV pleasures. I mean, how exciting was it that Meghan King Edmonds of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” was featured in StepMom Magazine in March 2016? Those of us who then watched the show over the summer saw one of its other stars open up about the impact of divorce, as Tamra Judge spoke at a gala in support of the documentary film “Erasing Family.”

Judge talked about her experiences—as a child of divorce, Continue reading “Erasing Family: Inside the December 2017 Issue”