Stepmom Summit – Videos from The Steve Harvey Show

Stepmom Summit
Click here to watch all five Steve Harvey Stepmom Summit VIDEOS!

On Thurs., Jan. 21, 2016, StepMom Magazine Founder and Publisher Brenda Ockun was on TV, representing stepmoms worldwide, as a special guest of the “Steve Harvey” daytime TV talk show.

Brenda was asked to appear on Steve’s first-ever, televised Stepmom Summit, as the resident subject-matter expert. On that panel were two celebrity stepmoms—Steve’s wife, Marjorie, and Tameka “Tiny” Harris, a former member of the R&B group Xscape and wife of rapper T.I. Continue reading “Stepmom Summit – Videos from The Steve Harvey Show”

Steve Harvey Show Stepmom Summit – Watch it this week!

Steve Harvey Stepmom SummitWatch the Steve Harvey Show Stepmom Summit featuring StepMom Magazine Publisher Brenda Ockun THIS Thursday (Jan. 21).

Brenda was invited on as a subject-matter-expert guest star, to discuss stepfamily issues alongside Steve’s wife Marjorie and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris (a former member of the R&B group Xscape and wife of rapper T.I.).

Together, the women will discuss all of the challenges that come along with being a stepmom, like how to discipline the kids, battles with the biological mom, finding your place in the relationship and the ugly label of the “evil stepmom.”

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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.


Be Featured: StepMom Magazine’s 2015 Father’s Day Edition

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The June 2014 Issue

We’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.

A Stepfamily Wedding – State Farm’s Newest Ad Campaign

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State Farm ad targets remarried couples: “Sometimes at last doesn’t happen at first.”

Remarriage is on the rise and State Farm knows it. The insurance conglomerate released a commercial last month featuring a mom of one and a dad of two exchanging vows as their children cautiously look on.

If statistics are any indication, the ad will resonate with a large percentate of the U.S. population. According to recent surveys, the Pew Research Center reports: “Four in ten new marriages include at least one partner who has been married before and the number of adults who have ever remarried now stands at 42 million–a threefold increase since 1960.” Continue reading “A Stepfamily Wedding – State Farm’s Newest Ad Campaign”

National Stepfamily Day is September 16

National Stepfamily DayChristy Borgeld, a remarried mom and stepmom, initiated National Stepfamily Day in 1997. Her goal was to create a holiday that would bring the need for stepfamily support and awareness to the nation’s forefront while, at the same time, provide today’s modern family with an opportunity to recognize and celebrate their relationships. Continue reading “National Stepfamily Day is September 16”

A Mixed Blessing for Stepfamilies? There’s S’more to Learn from Honey Maid’s New “This is Wholesome” Ad Campaign

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Brenda Ockun
Publisher of StepMom Magazine

In 1973, a postage stamp cost 8 cents, “The Brady Bunch” was in its fourth year of production and I was in kindergarten.

My teacher, Ms. Rahn, was a tall, thin woman with overly teased, brassy blond hair. We kids walked to school—where we read “Dick and Jane” books, ate cookies and drank whole milk before taking 20-minute naps. We sat cross-legged, in circles, on the floor while learning the virtues of sharing and waiting your turn. And nearly everyone’s parents were still married, as far as we knew. Continue reading “A Mixed Blessing for Stepfamilies? There’s S’more to Learn from Honey Maid’s New “This is Wholesome” Ad Campaign”