Parenting, Stepmom Life

“Stepmom” vs. “Bonus Mom” and Why They Both Matter

Where does the word “Stepmom” come from? The etymology of the word prefix “step” carries with it some connotations that don’t usually apply to the dynamics of a modern blended family. The word “step” comes from the Old English word “steop,” which essentially means “loss.” Earliest versions of “stepchild” were written as “steopcild,” which literally… Read More “Stepmom” vs. “Bonus Mom” and Why They Both Matter

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Stepmom Life: How To Master Sharing Your Child During Holidays

In blended families we get to practice sharing our children every single day of the year, so we often approach the holiday season with a sense of ease and confidence. Unfortunately, once the weight of gifts and meals, and families begins to become a reality, it feels a bit heavier than we expected, making these… Read More Stepmom Life: How To Master Sharing Your Child During Holidays

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Haircuts and Graffiti: Why We Should Secretly Support The First Grade Rebellion

Last night, my wife got a text from her ex. A photo captioned “this just happened” gleefully chirped into her Inbox. We were settled in for the night, Netflix up and running, Stranger Things queued up for a binge. Jen opened up her text and looked at me sheepishly out of the corner of her eye. “Before… Read More Haircuts and Graffiti: Why We Should Secretly Support The First Grade Rebellion

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How Becoming A Stepmom Has Made Halloween My Favorite Holiday

Candy corn, costumes, haunted houses, and apple cider. These are all some of the best things about Halloween, but they aren’t what make it my favorite holiday now. I’ve always been the biggest fan of Christmas, with the fluffy snow, silver bells, and thoughtful gifts for all of my loved ones. Since I’m become a… Read More How Becoming A Stepmom Has Made Halloween My Favorite Holiday