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Dec. 2015 Issue

$5.00

Popular topics included in this issue:
Stepfamily Holidays. Outsider Syndrome. Stepmom Myths. Holiday Visitation Schedules. Parental Alienation. Celebrating With the Ex. Traditions. Self-care. Stepkids and Grief. Ideas for Celebrating Long-Distance.

THE DECEMBER ISSUE | TABLE OF CONTENTS
FEATURES
The Truth About Being a Stepmom
Replace Those Old Stepmom Myths With New Mantras
BY BRENDA SNYDER, LCSW

Long-Distance Holidays Stepfamily Style
5 Ways to Connect When You Can’t Be Together
BY HEATHER HETCHLER, MA

A Stepmom’s Christmas Carol
Lessons From the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future
BY CHRISTINA ROACH, LMHC, NCC, DCC

Stepmoms Home Alone
Avoid Feeling Like an Outsider This Holiday Season
BY MARY T. KELLY, MA

The Best Gifts You Can Give a Stepmom
Advice for Friends and Family
BY CLAUDETTE CHENEVERT

DEPARTMENTS
PUBLISHER’S NOTE
What I Think About … Traditions

EXPERT ADVICE
Stepmom Q&A: Holiday Parties
Celebrating the Season With the Ex
BY RACHELLE KATZ, EDD, LMFT

GUY THEORY
Why Haggle for Holiday Custody?
Don’t Let Custody Concerns Taint Your Kids’ Memories
BY JOEL SCHWARTZBERG

TIMEOUT
A Stepmom’s Guide to Caring Less
Give Yourself the Gift of Focusing On What Really Matters
BY TRISHA LADOGNA

LEGAL MATTERS
Parental Alienation
A Story About Hell, Hope and Healing
BY LARA R. BADAIN, ESQ

THE LOOKING GLASS
Our Monthly Roundup of News, Events, Reviews and More

WORDS OF WISDOM
Unmet Expectations and Stepfamilies
4 Steps for Saving Your Sanity This Holiday Season
BY JOAN SARIN

THE NEXT GENERATION
Home for the Holidays
Winter Break Survival Tips for Stepmoms
BY PAM HOWARD, LCSW

THE INSIDE SCOOP
From the Heart
Meaningful Gifts for Stepchildren This Holiday Season
BY GAYLA GRACE

REAL STEPMOMS. REAL STORIES.
Aruna Seegolam