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Oct. 2013 Issue

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Popular topics included in this issue:
Co-parenting. Parallel Parenting. Couples Communication. Ex. Ex-wife. Rumination. Legal. Fighting Fair. Emotional Intelligence. EQ. Empathy. Labels. Bonus Mom.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FEATURES

My Scary Step Story

A Young Woman’s First College Apartment is a Stepmom’s Worst Nightmare

by THE SECOND WIFE
As our stepkids grow up and begin making their own decisions, we’re bound to be horrified by a few of them—especially the ones which speak to our fear of failure as a stepmom.

 

Co-Parenting or Parallel Parenting?

Finding a Balanced Approach to Raising Children After the Divorce

by SUSAN SWANSON, Ph.D., LCSW
Learn what co-parenting and parallel parenting are, what they aren’t and when to choose one over the other to ensure that your stepkids don’t get caught in the middle or fall between the cracks of their parents’ broken relationship.

 

The Name Game

When Better-Sounding Labels Get in the Way of Better Relationships

by MARY T. KELLY, M.A.
When you focus more on being a great partner and less on being a bonus mom, you’ve got a much higher likelihood for finding success— no matter what anyone calls you.

 

The Gift of Empathy

Emotional Intelligence and the Stepmom

by JOAN SARIN, M.S.

Part 10 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

 

URBAN STEPMOM: Instant Stepmom

Just Add TIME!

by LISA BAGSHAW

 

THE EX FACTOR: Saying Yes to the Ex

6 Reasons He Instinctively Says Yes When You Want Him to Say No!
by JENNA KORF

 

TIME OUT: Stop Overthinking Everything!
How to Rid Yourself of Rumination and Negativity

by BRENDA SNYDER, LCSW

 

LEGAL MATTERS: Lawyers and Legal Fees

How To Get The Most For Your Money
by LARA R. BADAIN, Esq.

 

COUPLES CORNER: Fighting Fair

12 Tips to Help You Manage Conflict & Strengthen Your Stepfamily
by GAYLA GRACE

 

STEPMOM MEMOIRS: Shifting Perspectives

Becoming a Mom Helped Me Understand My Husband’s Ex
by STACY SPENCER THOMPSON


STEPPING STONES:
Death in a Stepfamily

Coming Together When Life Gets Complicated
by LAURA PETHERBRIDGE

 

SPECIAL REPORT: The Cutting Truth

No One Ever Signs Up for This
by ANONYMOUS  

 

LIFE WITH LISA: Quiet in the Courtroom

A Stepmom’s Desire to Be Heard
by LISA BRADSHAW

 

FOOD AND FUN:

Craft: Halloween Headstones Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

by ASHLEY GRANT

 

OUTLOOK: Events, Resources & Community

Photos from The Stepmom Retreat in Dallas

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