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Dec. 2012 Issue


Popular topics included in this issue:
Holiday Advice. Teenagers. Emotional Intelligence. Christina McGhee. Veteran Stepmom. Children of Divorce. Putting the Marriage First. Self-Care. Finances.

My Christmas Story: Ghosts of the Past, Present and Future
By Stacy Spencer Thompson
In the spirit of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” the author reflects on what it means to establish tradition as a stepfamily.

Money and the Holidays
By Emily Bouchard, MSSW
Enjoy the holidays more by understanding the money types we encounter when making decisions related to spending, giving and receiving.

Sage Advice from a Veteran Stepmom
By Heather Hetchler
An interview with stepmom Christina McGhee, author of “Parenting Apart.”

Emotional Intelligence and the Stepmom
By Joan Sarin, M.S.
Many of the common difficulties in stepfamilies can be effectively addressed by the practice of emotional intelligence (EQ) skills.

Teenagers, Ugh! Survival Tips for Stepmoms
By Brenda Snyder, LCSW
Tips for stepparenting during the stepkids’ difficult adolescent years.

BRENDA’S CORNER: Letter from the Publisher

URBAN STEPMOM: A Very Merry Christmas
7 Tips on How Not to Spend this Season Locked in the Bathroom
By Lisa Bagshaw

VANTAGE POINT: Norman Rockwell Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Choosing Gratitude over Perfection this Holiday Season
By Laura Petherbridge

STEPFAMILY LIFE: Caught in the Middle
Helping Children of Divorce During the Holidays
By Diane Greene

It’s Better to Give than to Receive-Unless There’s Nothing More to Give
By Ms. Taken

LIFE WITH LISA: Christmas Lights
It’s the Small Things that Matter
By Lisa Bradshaw

COUPLES CORNER: The Couple or the Kids?
Who Comes First?
By Mary T. Kelly, M.A.

FOOD AND FUN: Reindeer Fingerprint Holiday Cards/Penne with Meatballs
By Ashley Grant

FITNESS ZONE: Work Out Your Holiday Stress with a 5-minute Quickie!
By Valerie Waldron Hedlund

TIME OUT: Holiday Time Out – The Cure for Holiday Stress
By Peggy Nolan, MA, RYT

STYLISH STEPMOM: ‘Tis the Season For Corporate, Casual and Cocktail Parties!
By Heidi Ducato