INSIDE THE AUGUST ISSUE:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Use The 4-P’s to Help Raise Hearty Flowers and Happy Families
by DIANNE MARTIN, B.S.W.
Learn how planning, preparation, perseverance and patience can help you raise healthy, happy stepchildren.
The Mommy Club:
Why Your Stepchild’s Mother Doesn’t Consider You a Co-Parent, Another Mother or a Bonus Mom
by MARY T. KELLY, M.A.
When you became a stepmother, you may have discovered that when it came to your partner’s children and their mother, there was a very clear and loud message, “No stepmothers allowed!
Lessons Learned: An Interview with Diane Greene
by HEATHER HETCHLER
Catch up with Diane Greene—a stepmom whose journey has yielded much growth and wisdom for her and her family.
The Ever-Present Loyalty Conflict:
Why Being a Stepmother Is a Call to Sainthood
by BRENDA SNYDER, LCSW
The loyalty conflicts our stepchildren endure deserve our compassion. Here’s how to cope with this difficult obstacle.
Emotional Intelligence and the Stepmom: Choosing Optimism
by JOAN SARIN, M.S.
Part eight of an ongoing series that examines the fundamental EQ competencies of knowing yourself, choosing your responses and giving of yourself.
BRENDA’S CORNER: Letter From the Publisher
THE INSIDE SCOOP: Stepmother Stereotypes
Who Made Up All This Wicked Stuff, Anyway?
BY WEDNESDAY MARTIN, Ph.D.
THE EX FACTOR: Carrying a Torch
What to Do If His Ex Hasn’t Moved On
BY JENNA KORF
LEGAL MATTERS: Parents Behaving Badly
What To Do If You Suspect Illegal Drug Use in the Other Home
BY LARA R. BADAIN, ESQ.
VANTAGE POINT: Living in the Present
Learning to Appreciate the Moment … Before It’s Gone
BY STACY SPENCER THOMPSON
TIME OUT: Validation
Why We All Just Want To Be Understood
BY SUSAN DAVIS SWANSON, Ph.D., LCSW
LIFE WITH LISA: California, Here We Come!
Or, Maybe Not?
BY LISA BRADSHAW
ON THE MONEY: Gold Diggers
Are His Kids Afraid You’re Only in It for the Money?
BY EMILY BOUCHARD, MSSW
FOOD AND FUN: Craft: Binder Dividers
BY ASHLEY GRANT
OUTLOOK: Real Stepmoms. Real Stories.
Spotlight on: Christy Campbell