Visualization: 60 Seconds a Day to a Better Stepfamily Life
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by Elizabeth M.
1w ago
You’ve probably heard the old adage the more energy and focus you give something, the more it grows. That’s the basic concept behind visualization or imagery. Visualization is a mental training strategy or tool in which you generate a mental picture to achieve an outcome. In fact, studies show that visualization can increase motivation, increase confidence levels, and improve performance. There are different types of visualization techniques. We use some in everyday life, such as when we visualize our performance before giving a presentation. Others are used in cognitive behavioral therapy to ..read more
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How to Celebrate National Stepfamily Day in 2022
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by Elizabeth M.
3M ago
Family is like music: some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song. National Stepfamily Day is a nationally and an internationally recognized holiday that is celebrated on September 16th each year.  It’s a time for stepfamilies to get together and celebrate being part of a stepfamily. Christy Tusing-Borgeld is the founder of National Stepfamily Day and you can read the inspiring story of how she started it HERE. This year, National Stepfamily Day falls on a Friday, so you can still do something fun over the weekend to celebrate with your family. 9 Ways to Celebrate Nationa ..read more
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The Importance of Self-Compassion
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by Elizabeth M.
4M ago
You deserve the love and kindness that you give so easily to others. Stepfamily life can be stressful. You might feel like you’re walking on eggshells and find yourself second-guessing something you said to your stepchildren or to your spouse. Did that come off the right way? Was that hurtful? Maybe I shouldn’t have said that. Ever woken up at night and started ruminating over something that happened earlier that day? That’s where self-compassion comes in. If you get into the habit of practicing self-compassion, you’ll notice a difference in how you approach situations in your stepfamily. Acco ..read more
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Cover Girl for StepMom Magazine
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by Elizabeth M.
6M ago
I am honored to be the cover girl for the August 2022 issue of StepMom Magazine. StepMom Magazine has definitely helped me during my stepmom journey, and that’s why I’m so excited to be featured as a cover girl! StepMom Magazine has provided much-needed support for me over the years. In that first year as a stepmom, StepMom Magazine answered many of those questions I was too ashamed to ask. As I read articles written by fellow stepmoms and experts, I felt like I wasn’t alone. This encouraged me and reminded me that everyone struggles, no matter how much experience they have or how much they ha ..read more
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Implementation Intention: The Key to Achieving Your Goals
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by Elizabeth M.
6M ago
Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. Ever wonder why some people set goals but don’t achieve them while others seem to effortlessly reach their goals? They might make it look effortless, but those who are achieving their goals are writing them down and setting implementation intentions. In fact, according to a meta-analysis of 94 studies, psychologists Gollwitzer & Sheeran found that forming an implementation intention has a strong correlation with achieving a goal. What is an Implementation Intention? An implementation intention i ..read more
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Help Your Teen Make the Most of Summer Break
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by Elizabeth M.
7M ago
Guest Post by Carrie Spencer College admissions offices are increasingly looking at teens’ summer activities to determine how motivated and well-rounded they’ll be as undergraduates. This means it’s more important than ever for students to have productive summers if they want to be competitive for college admissions and scholarships. However, you also want your stepkids to enjoy their last carefree months before the pressures of the real world hit. So how can you balance these competing demands? Dig into Special Interests Teens can use their summers as opportunities to explore interests that a ..read more
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Set Goals to Grow into Your Future Self
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by Elizabeth M.
7M ago
Excerpt from Day 2 of Stepmom Bootcamp: A 21-Day Challenge Visualize and Set Goals Now that you have completed your Future Self visualization, the next step is to set goals to help you become that woman you want to be. Let’s imagine that your future self is a self-assured, confident woman who invites you into her home. She lives in a seaside cottage, set high upon a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Her house is light, airy, and welcoming, with bright accent colors such as turquoise and coral. You notice artifacts from her travels around the room. You see pictures of her and her partner on t ..read more
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Visualization Technique: Your Future Self
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by Elizabeth M.
7M ago
When you let go of who you think you are supposed to be, you can become who you want to be. Shannon Kaiser Excerpt from Day 2 of Stepmom Bootcamp: A 21-Day Challenge As stepmoms, it can be easy for us to get embroiled in what is currently happening in our stepfamily, whether it is a custody battle or disciplinary issues with our stepchildren. We forget to think about what we want for the future. The custody battle will end, and your stepchildren will grow up, but what kinds of dreams do you and your partner have for the future after your stepchildren have left home? Do you dream about retiring ..read more
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Progress Takes Time, Stepmom!
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by Elizabeth M.
9M ago
According to researchers, it takes about four to seven years for stepfamilies to blend or bond. During this time, your stepfamily is evolving and growing, just as your relationship with your partner is. Even though it may not feel like it, progress is happening. If you think back to when you first started dating or got married, you’ll realize how your stepfamily dynamics have changed over time. Crossing a Suspension Bridge As stepmoms, we tend to be cautious in what we say and do since the bond is fragile in the beginning. I liken it to walking on a suspension bridge. As you’re walking across ..read more
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4 Ways to Enjoy Mother’s Day as a Stepmom
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by Elizabeth M.
9M ago
Mother’s Day is coming up, and while this is a beautiful day, it can also be a difficult day for many different reasons. If you’ve lost your mother, or if you can’t become a mother, it may be a day of heartache for you. As a stepmom, your family might not recognize you at all, whether they forget or choose to ignore you. You might not even want to celebrate because you have a strained relationship. With this in mind, here are four ways to enjoy Mother’s Day as a stepmom. 1. Focus on your own mother or someone in your life who is a mom-like figure. Make plans to spend Mother’s Day with your mo ..read more
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