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Sometimes the very times that are SUPPOSED to make us the happiest evoke exactly the opposite.  Anxiety and negative anticipation can virtually ruin your experience before it even gets here. As the leaves burn into their bright reds and golds, the taste of Fall’s fresh apple cider often turns to bitter vinegar in the stomachs …

The post Holiday Season? UGH! Survival Hints for Stepmoms appeared first on Stepmother Support.

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Do you ever get that nagging feeling that maybe you really are as evil as everyone says you are?  The stereotype certainly is unavoidable! Most of us don’t even like to admit we’re STEPmoms, knowing what people immediately assume about us. I can assure you that you most certainly are NOT the evil one you …

The post Not Evil Enough? Four Beliefs that will Ensure you live up to the Evil Stepmother name appeared first on Stepmother Support.

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Do you spend a lot of time feeling bad about yourself? The unfortunate truth is that being a stepmother can afford you all kinds of opportunities to do just that. EVERY stepmom enters her family with loving intentions and a desire to be a positive presence, not only to her husband, but to the children …

The post Stepmoms: Quit feeling bad about yourself! How to RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN appeared first on Stepmother Support.

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My stepmom resume is awesome. If I was interviewing for the position, I’d be able to talk about strengths and weaknesses, obstacles I overcame, projected and adjusted 5-year plans, learning points, and future goals. I dated my husband for over two years before we decided to marry, increasing my role with his children gradually as …

The post SHOULDN’T THE STEPMOM SHIT BE OVER BY NOW? How Experience Only Helps It Smell Better appeared first on Stepmother Support.

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“The evil stepmother.” We’ve all heard it. From the evil queen who poisoned Snow White to Sarah of the Old Testament, who convinced her husband to banish his first-born son and the servant who bore him, we can probably all agree that stepmoms have bad feelings, and sometimes do bad stuff. In the quiet of …

The post Feeling Resentful? Four Tips to being the “Unwicked” Stepmother appeared first on Stepmother Support.

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Stepmothers wish their brains had an “off” switch. We often replay scenes over and over in our minds, analyzing every nuance of a painful or conflict-ridden conversation, imagining how it would have gone differently if we had said this instead of that. We play out various versions of a confrontation we will probably never have. …

The post Over-Thinking: 10 Ways to get the Negativity out of your head when you’re a Stepmom appeared first on Stepmother Support.

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My mom likes to spend Mother’s Day with my sister and me. And we love spending it with her, because she gives us presents. She started this even before we were mothers ourselves. Mom’s explanation? “I wouldn’t be a mom if it wasn’t for you guys.” Thanks, Mom.         My first few …

The post Second Sunday of May: The Mother of All Holidays appeared first on Stepmother Support.

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If YOU have kids, and HE has kids, that MIGHT be where the similarity to the Brady Bunch ends.     There was no pre-quel that I know of when Carol and Mike brought their ever-smiling gangs together. I sort of remember the wedding episode, where the most dramatic thing that happened was his dog …

The post Thinking about becoming a Stepmom? What’s your story? appeared first on Stepmother Support.

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So I don’t talk about it very much, but I was bullied in middle school. Not like now, when it can be considered bullying if every participant in the inter-mural soccer program doesn’t get a trophy. Really, truly surround-the-awkward-girl-on-the-playground-and-jeer-at-her-‘til-she- breaks bullying. Take her glasses off her face and step on them bullying. Throw her winter …

The post Why does she hate me so much? 8 Reasons Ex’s hate Stepmoms appeared first on Stepmother Support.

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Being a stepmom is a CALL TO SAINTHOOD. We know this because we are expected to give the unconditional love and sacrifice of a mom to our partner’s progeny, but readily understand that it won’t be returned because, well, because our stepkids already HAVE a mom. Our challenge is to answer our CALL and still …

The post THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SAINTS AND MARTYRS or HOW TO KEEP YOUR STEPMOM HALO ON STRAIGHT appeared first on Stepmother Support.

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