This time of year always finds me itching for an escape. The short winter days have dulled my senses and darkened my mood. The sensible resolutions I’ve made (i.e.,clean out the closets, eat healthy foods, structure my spending) have made the start of the year all work— and no fun. The weather is warming just enough to make me ache for long sunny days and warm ocean breezes. Continue reading “Stepmom Spring Fling: Inside the March 2017 Issue”
The Perfect Stepmother: Skip the Fairytale and Keep It Real by Mary T. Kelly, MA
Myths about perfection aren’t exclusive to stepfamilies, but still.
If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard a woman lament the fact that she’s trying to achieve perfection—in her role as a stepmom—and fears she’s failing miserably? I’d be swimming in a sea of Versace, taking laps around my private yacht in Louboutin footwear and throwing back $49,000-a-bottle Dom Pérignon Rose Gold as if it were water. Continue reading “The Perfect Stepmother: Inside the February 2017 Issue”
The Passionate Stepmom: Creating the Sex Life You Deserve by Liana Palmerio-McIvor, RP
As a sex therapist, I see many different people with a range of issues. Some feel a need for sexual intimacy and some don’t. Some think they aren’t having enough sex. And some aren’t satisfied with the sex they’re having. Most, however, believe that sexual intimacy is an important part of their relationships.
Personally and professionally, I believe sex is important. But, as a stepmom, I know there are challenges Continue reading “The Passionate Stepmom: Inside the February 2017 Issue”
Stepmoms and Rear-View Mirrors: 4 Rules for Leaving Anger and Negativity Behind You by Brenda Snyder, LCSW
Being a stepmother is the hardest job I’ve ever had. I have been challenged emotionally, intellectually and physically. I have been forced to define and redefine myself as a woman, a family member and a spouse. I have weathered rejection, apathy, hostility and betrayal. Continue reading “Stepmoms and Rear-View Mirrors: Inside the January 2017 Issue”
Do you remember the last time you said negative things about yourself— to yourself? Negative self-talk can look differently for everyone, but there are usually similar general themes. Many people, especially women, talk down to themselves about their body image, their parenting styles, their romantic relationships and their work lives. Continue reading “Self-Compassion for Stepmoms: Inside the January 2017 Issue”