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Inside the June 2017 Issue

StepMom Magazine June 2017The June 2017 issue of StepMom Magazine is HERE!

In honor of the men we love, this month’s Father’s Day Special Edition is designed specifically to cater to Dad’s needs.

Written “For the Men!” in our lives, it helps you and your partner team up to tackle a variety of topics divorced dads, repartnered dads and stepdads struggle with most often.

Stepmoms worldwide tell us they look forward to this annual edition because it’s a great conversation starter—an issue you can both read (and enjoy) together! Here’s a look at what’s inside: Continue reading “Inside the June 2017 Issue”

Stepparenting Is a Team Sport: Inside the June 2017 Issue

Smart StepparentingStepparenting Is a Team Sport: 4 “Smart” Ways to Set Your Partner Up for the Win by Ron L. Deal, LMFT, and Laura Petherbridge

Dear Dad: She can’t do it without you.

You’ve married an incredible woman. She makes you smile, supports your work, laughs at your jokes and has agreed to help you raise your children. How awesome is that?!

However, her ability to fulfill the role of stepmom Continue reading “Stepparenting Is a Team Sport: Inside the June 2017 Issue”

Stepfamily Success: Inside the June 2017 Issue

Stepfamily SuccessSet Your Stepfamily Up for Success: 8 Ways to Make Life Easier on the Woman You Love—and Your Kids! by Brenda Snyder, LCSW

You’re probably starting to gather that being a stepmom is not easy. Your job, as the man in the middle, is no picnic either. All you really want is peace: for everyone to get along and for the tension and conflict to disappear for good. Falling in love with a great woman was a good start, as she can help you make that happen.

In theory, the woman you adore and the children who light up your world ought to get along. Life should sail smoothly along. This is sometimes easier said than done. Continue reading “Stepfamily Success: Inside the June 2017 Issue”

Stepfamily Expectations: Inside the June 2017 Issue

Stepfamily ExpectationsRewrite Your Stepfamily’s Story: Expectations vs. Acceptance by Andy Hetchler

My wife, Heather, is an avid reader. She can read something once, yet she’ll remember every detail and every character for years. I, on the other hand, vaguely remember reading “Great Expectations” while I was still in high school. I loosely recall the author as Charles Dickens and one of its main characters, Pip.

That’s about it. Still, while I can’t recall many details of the book, I think of the title often. For me it encapsulates a theme I took into my remarriage with kids. Heather and I exchanged vows more than 10 years ago, combining ourselves and our six kids into one stepfamily. Continue reading “Stepfamily Expectations: Inside the June 2017 Issue”

Divorced Dads: Inside the June 2017 Issue

Divorced DadsStraight Talking Divorced Dads: 7 Ways to Get More of What You (Both) Want by Mary T. Kelly, MA

Are you a man who hates conflict? You’re not alone. I’ve coached men for 15 years—good and earnest men—95 percent of whom avoid conflict with their partners. If you’re one of them, read on. Honesty is the quickest way to get more of what you (both) want!

Maybe you dread the thought of a two hour talk-a-thon, should you two disagree. If there’s even a hint of dissent in the air, it may feel safer to say, “Fine.” Happy wife, happy life. Right? Could be. But your desires and opinions matter just as much as hers. Continue reading “Divorced Dads: Inside the June 2017 Issue”

What Stepkids Think: Special Report with Jayne Nicoletti

Learn what kids really think about divorce, remarriage and living with stepparents as Jayne Nicoletti chats with her stepdaughter in this candid and heartfelt interview–just in time for Mother’s Day!


How would you describe your relationship with your stepchildren? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Inside the May 2017 Issue

StepMom Magazine May 2017
The May 2017 issue of StepMom Magazine is HERE!

This month we’re talking about:

→ Tips on how to plan for (and survive!) Mother’s Day
→ 4 Ways being a stepmom can make you a better mom
How to set yourself free from stepmom guilt
→ Mother-in-law trouble? We can help!
→ Advice for stepparenting a grieving child when mom’s not around
The importance of financial planning for stepmoms
→ And more! Continue reading “Inside the May 2017 Issue”

Stepmom’s Guide to Mother’s Day: Inside the May 2017 Issue

Stepmom's Guide to Mother's DaySecond Sunday of May: A Stepmom’s Guide to Mother’s Day by Brenda Snyder, LCSW

My mom likes to spend Mother’s Day with my sister and me. We love spending it with her, too, because she gives us presents. She started this even before we became mothers ourselves. Her explanation: “If not for you guys, I wouldn’t be a mom.”

My first few Mother’s Days as a stepmother were pretty torturous. Continue reading “Stepmom’s Guide to Mother’s Day: Inside the May 2017 Issue”

Stepmoms and Motherhood: Inside the May 2017 Issue

Stepmoms and MotherhoodLessons in Motherhood: 4 Ways Being a Stepmom Made Me A Better Mom by Melissa D. Day, MS

A year and a half ago my husband and I welcomed an ours baby into our family. My adjustment to motherhood has been anything but seamless. For a decade we have balanced raising my four stepdaughters with my own graduate studies in sociology, my unpredictable college teaching career and my husband’s out-of-state job.

Add a newborn to the mix and there are sure to be some bumps in the road! Continue reading “Stepmoms and Motherhood: Inside the May 2017 Issue”

The Grieving Stepchild: Inside the May 2017 Issue

The Grieving StepchildStepmothering and The Grieving Child: Our Interview With Diane Ingram Fromme by Heather Hetchler, MA

Losing a parent is one of life’s biggest heartaches. When a parent dies, loss is felt and grief begins.

Grief is part of the healing process and anyone who does life with a person who is grieving is along for the journey, including a stepmother. Whether the child grew up motherless or mom passed away after Dad remarried, a stepmom is wise to seek tools that help her navigate the loss and grief which encompass the experience of motherless children. Continue reading “The Grieving Stepchild: Inside the May 2017 Issue”