TABLE OF CONTENTS
Spring Cleaning Stepmom Style:
Practical Advice for Throwing Away Negative Thoughts
by HEATHER HETCHLER
Just like we need to clean our our closets every now and then, it’s equally important for stepmoms to get rid of useless mental clutter.
Sticks & Stones & Stepsiblings:
What All Stepmoms Should Know About Bullying
by DIANNE MARTIN, B.S.W.
A guide to recognizing, understanding and dealing with bullying in your own home.
What Your Stepchild’s Mother Really Thinks, But Is Too Afraid To Tell You
by JENNA KORF
Moms reveal why it’s so scary to share their kids with another woman.
Say What? MORE Stepmom Comebacks
by MARY T. KELLY, M.A.
In part two of this series, Mary T. Kelly provides MORE suggested language that you can use, customize and share with others when something jaw-dropping is said to you.
Emotional Intelligence and the Stepmom: Framing
by JOAN SARIN, M.S.
Part five 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
URBAN STEPMOM: Kids: Now You Have Them. Now You Don’t!
Six Tips To Help Child-Free Stepmoms Find Balance and Happiness
BY LISA BAGSHAW
TIME OUT: The Second Sunday in May
How to Prepare Yourself for the Mother of All Holidays
BY BRENDA SNYDER, LCSW
STEPMOM MEMOIRS: Baptism by Barf
Proof That You Don’t Need to Be a Mother to Mother Another
BY THE SECOND WIFE
LEGAL MATTERS: Defamation of Character
What to Do If You’re a Victim of Slander or Libel
BY LARA R. BADAIN, ESQ.
VANTAGE POINT: She’s My Stepmom.
Understanding a Stepmother’s Role Really Isn’t That Hard– If You’re a Kid
BY STACY SPENCER THOMPSON
THE EX FACTOR: Is His Ex Really a Narcissist?
Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder
BY SUSAN DAVIS SWANSON, Ph.D., LCSW
THE INSIDE SCOOP: “The Worst Day of the Year”
Recognizing and Remembering the Women Who Dread Mother’s Day
BY LAURA PETHERBRIDGE
ON THE MONEY: Fighting Over Finances?
Use These Tips and Tools to Put an End to Unexpected Expenses
BY EMILY BOUCHARD, MSSW
LIFE WITH LISA: Spring “Break”
My Struggle to Find the Bittersweet Balance Between Protecting and Letting Them Go
BY LISA BRADSHAW
FOOD AND FUN
Recipe: Cinco de Mayo Guacamole
Craft: Elastic Hair Tie Bracelets
BY ASHLEY GRANT
OUTLOOK: Stepmom Profiles
Real Stories from Real Stepmoms