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Emotional Safety in the Stepfamily. Is it Possible?

Safe. Webster’s describes this adjective as “protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost.”  Thinking of that definition, one can conclude there is no absolute safety in life. We live in an imperfect world amongst imperfect people–true safety is an unrealistic expectation. When your safety is violated, […]

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A Stepmom is a Blessing Video Tribute

Today’s post in The Gift of Stepmom series celebrating stepmoms is a video tribute. I first met Nina at our Stepmom Retreat in Dallas in 2013. She shared with me how her husband and two stepsons had taken a poem I wrote and made a video tribute for her. I asked Nina if I could […]


Stepmom Support: When Your Family Finally Understands Your Pain

Get out the Kleenex for today’s post on The Gift of Stepmom. This stepmom, who wishes to remain anonymous, shares a heartbreaking story. If you have ever struggled with trying to help a hurting stepchild only to have your marriage, your relationship with your in-laws and more negatively impacted––this will speak hope into your soul. […]

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Christmas in July. Creating Stepfamily Traditions.

Christmas in July. This is the perfect opportunity for stepfamilies to create traditions and make memories. I’m all about traditions. Traditions help establish a unique identity for a family and create common memories. These two things bring positive benefits to a blended family. One of the traditions I created for our stepfamily is celebrating Christmas in July. I try […]


A Stepmom is a Blessing – My Poem Celebrating Stepmoms

(poem originally published in the May 2012 edition of Stepmom Magazine and posted May 11, 2013 on the blog. I’m reposting given the challenges of Mother’s Day and the need for stepmoms to understand the blessings they bring.) I wrote the following poem to celebrate the blessing that a stepmom is to her family and […]

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