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July 2013 Issue

$5.00

Popular topics included in this issue:
Disengaging, Support Groups, Summer Vacation, Infidelity, Mediation, Estate Planning, Money, Beneficiaries, Role Ambiguity.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
FEATURES
Love Them Like They’re Your Own:
What Stepmoms Should Know About This Well-Intentioned But Misguided Advice
by WEDNESDAY MARTIN, Ph.D.
When you hear “should” regarding stepmotherhood, resolve to ignore the so-called advice until you get some real information about stepfamily dynamics.

 

School’s Out! Sanity Saving Tips for Summer

by HEATHER HETCHLER
Whether you’re a custodial stepmom trying to keep the kids busy or a stepmom who is trying to make the weekends count, here are some ideas to help you through the summer.

 

Disengaging: Is It Time to Cut Yourself Some Slack?
by BRENDA SNYDER, LCSW
Understanding the signs and reasons why it might be time to disengage from your current role and how to accomplish it without too much drama.

 

Stepmom Chat Rooms: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
by DIANNE MARTIN, B.S.W.
While some chat rooms are excellent resources, others have a dark underbelly that should be avoided at all costs. Here’s how to navigate the stepmom web.

 

Emotional Intelligence and the Stepmom: Consequential Thinking

by JOAN SARIN, M.S.
Part seven of an ongoing series that examines the fundamental EQ competencies of knowing yourself, choosing your responses and giving of yourself.


DEPARTMENTS

BRENDA’S CORNER: Letter From the Publisher

 

VANTAGE POINT: There’s No Ex-Wife Here!

How to Navigate a Nontraditional Stepfamily Dynamic

BY STACY SPENCER THOMPSON

 

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Steppin’ Together

Why Stepmoms Need Each Other
BY LAURA PETHERBRIDGE

 

LEGAL MATTERS: Mediation

A Cost-Effective Alternative to Court
BY LARA R. BADAIN, ESQ.

 

STEPMOM MEMOIRS: Dancing With Myself

Rejected, Alienated and Balancing on the Edge of Motherhood

BY THE SECOND WIFE

COUPLES CORNER: Affairs of the Heart

Overcoming Infidelity and the Road to Recovery
BY MARY T. KELLY, M.A.

 

ON THE MONEY: Estate Planning

Should Your Stepchildren Be Named As Your Beneficiaries?
BY EMILY BOUCHARD, MSSW

 

FOOD AND FUN

Recipe: Watermelon Coolers

Craft: Shabby Chic Jewelry Holder

BY ASHLEY GRANT

 

STYLISH STEPMOM

Red, White and Blue: It’s Parties and Picnics!

BY HEIDI DUCATO

 

OUTLOOK: Real Stepmoms. Real Stories.

Spotlight on: Carla Glass-Jones