Inside the September 2018 Issue

StepMom September 2018The September 2018 issue is HERE!
* Back-to-School
* Full-time Stepmoms
* Detaching & Disengaging
* Parent-Teacher Conferences
* A Historical Look at Stepfamily Life
* Emotional Intelligence for Stepmoms
* What Veteran Stepmoms Wish They’d Known
* When the Kids Disrespect Dad
→ And much more!

Check out the full list of what’s inside this month: Continue reading “Inside the September 2018 Issue”

Stepmom’s Guide to Disengaging: Inside the September 2018 Issue

Stepmoms DetachingDetaching and Disengaging
A Stepmom’s Guide to Letting Go
BY MARY T. KELLY, MA

Let it go. Let it be. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Chill out. Surrender. Release. Detach. Back off. These are all reminders to harried humans that it’s time for us to release our death grip over the “need” to control. To drop our ends of the rope, in the constant tug of wars. To take deep breaths, relax and take an active role in ending our own suffering. Continue reading “Stepmom’s Guide to Disengaging: Inside the September 2018 Issue”

Full-Time Stepmoms: Inside the September 2018 Issue

Full Time Stepmom SurveyWhat Full-Time Stepmoms Really Think
Results of Our Exclusive Survey
BY KRISTEN WILKINSON, PSYD

I sat inside Panera Bread early one morning, glancing at my laptop. The room was chilly. Outside it was damp and rainy. I felt as though I couldn’t drink my piping hot coffee quickly enough to wake my body and my brain. As I tried to focus on the task at hand, I noticed a woman sitting in a booth near mine. She looked young—maybe 30. Continue reading “Full-Time Stepmoms: Inside the September 2018 Issue”

Stepmom Survey: Inside the September 2018 Issue

Stepmom SurveyWhat Stepmoms Wish They Knew
Stepmom Survey

With stepmom goggles on, this stepfamily gig can look a little hazy or feel a bit like stumbling around in the dark. Since hindsight vision is 20/20, we asked a few seasoned stepmoms what they wish they’d known as novices. On Facebook and Instagram, we asked what they wish they’d done differently. Their feedback ranges from “better blending” to “what might’ve been.” Glean some insight of your own via their responses. …To read the rest of this article, log in and download the September 2018 issue. Don’t have an account? Click here to subscribe.

Inside the August 2018 Issue

Stepmom CoverThe August 2018 issue is HERE!

This month we’re talking about:
* Expecting Stepmoms
* Protecting Your Privacy
* Surviving the Teen Years
* Co-Parenting With the Ex
* Stepmom Support Groups
* Dealing with Adult Stepchildren
* Social Media and Your Stepkids’ Mom
* Awkward Stepmom Moments
→ And much more!

Here’s the full list of what’s inside this month: Continue reading “Inside the August 2018 Issue”

Stepmom Support Groups: Inside the August 2018 Issue

Stepmom Support GroupsStepmom Support Groups
Take What You Like and Leave the Rest
BY ANNA DE ACOSTA

Do you long for connection with other like-minded stepmoms who get where you’re coming from? Human nature drives us to want to connect with others on a deeper level to feel understood. Yet, in many cases, those who have walked the walk and been stepmoms themselves are the only ones who truly understand our day-to-day challenges. Continue reading “Stepmom Support Groups: Inside the August 2018 Issue”

Stepmom Privacy: Inside the August 2018 Issue

Stepmom PrivacyPrivacy Policy
Do Your Stepkids Tell Mom Everything?
BY MARY T. KELLY, MA

“All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing.” –Katherine Fullerton Gerould

Like me, you’ve probably never heard of Katharine Fullerton Gerould. She was a well-respected writer who was born in the late 1800s. I wonder what she would think of stepfamilies and the very real and consistent problem of privacy.

Let’s not mince any words here. Continue reading “Stepmom Privacy: Inside the August 2018 Issue”

Adult Stepchildren: Inside the August 2018 Issue

Adult StepchildrenAdult Stepchildren
The Good, the Bad and the Surprising
BY CLAUDETTE CHENEVERT

The stepkids are finally out of the house! No more arguments or confrontations with the ex. No more custody battles. No more last-minute schedule changes. No more stepfamily drama. We can finally move on with our lives and focus on our relationships. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

If you’re wondering what life may be like once your stepkids become adults, Continue reading “Adult Stepchildren: Inside the August 2018 Issue”

Inside the July 2018 Issue

StepMom July 2018The July 2018 issue is HERE!

This month we’re talking about:
→ Codependency
→ Interfering In-laws
→ Prenup Agreements
→ Feeling Like an Outsider
→ Being Childless by Choice
→ Advice for Stepmoms Who Overthink
→ Why Stepkids Don’t Consider us Family
→ Tips to Help You Strengthen Your Relationship
→ And much more!

Here’s the full list of what’s inside this month: Continue reading “Inside the July 2018 Issue”

Feel Like an Outsider, Stepmom? Inside the July 2018 Issue

Feeling Like an OutsiderOutsideritis: And the Woman With Stepkids By Wednesday Martin, PhD

Do you ever feel like you’re living on the periphery of your own stepfamily and peering in? You’re not alone. Here’s why you have a case of Outsideritis and what to do about it.

When Talia (not her real name) came to a support group for couples with stepkids in New York City recently, she was, in her own words “at the end of my rope.” A laundry list of dissatisfactions tumbled out in rapid-fire succession: Continue reading “Feel Like an Outsider, Stepmom? Inside the July 2018 Issue”