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THE DECEMBER 2018 ISSUE | TABLE OF CONTENTS
FEATURES
 
Meet Orange County Real Housewife Emily Simpson

The Bravo Reality Star on Stepfamily Life, Surrogacy and Strength
BY BRENDA OCKUN

From Corporate to Cupcakes
5 Career Lessons for New Stepmoms
BY KYLIE MCGREGOR

Top 5 Gifts Stepmoms Should Give Themselves
Put Yourself on Santa’s “Nice” List!
BY HEATHER HETCHLER, MA

The Art & Science of Love
A Stepmom’s Guide to Making Your Marriage Last: Part Three
BY CLAUDETTE CHENEVERT

High Expectations
What Every Stepmom Needs to Know This Holiday Season
BY MARY T. KELLY, MA

DEPARTMENTS
THRIVING STEPMOMS
1, 2, 3—Ditch the Drama
You’re in Control, Stepmom
BY AMY KOBOS, CWP

CRITIC’S CORNER
Strike a Harmonious Note
Viewing “The Sound of Music” Thru a Stepmom Lens
BY BETH MCDONOUGH

EXPERT ADVICE
Losing a Child
A Mother’s Struggle to Stepmom While Grieving
BY CHRISTINA ROACH, LMHC

THRIVING STEPMOMS
Stepfamily New Year’s Resolutions
5 Tips for a Fresh Start—From: The Happy Stepmom
BY AIMEE ALLEN

SPECIAL REPORT
Stepmoms, Holidays and Grief
Coping With Pain and Loss at the Holidays
BY ANNA DE ACOSTA

STEPMOM MEMOIRS
Reconcilable Differences
When a Stepmom’s Religious Traditions Clash With Her Stepfamily’s
BY TRACI MORENO, PSYD

IN EVERY ISSUE
ON THE COVER
Emily Simpson 

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
What I Think About … Finishing Strong

FROM THE ARCHIVES
This Time Last Year

REAL STEPMOMS. REAL STORIES.
Danielle Ashcraft

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The November 2018 issue is HERE!
* How to Avoid 5 Common Stepmom Mistakes
* Tips to Divorce-Proof Your Marriage: Part 2
* Holiday Survival Guide for Stepmoms
* Advice for Teaching Your Stepkids Gratitude
* How to Recognize and Manage Holiday Depression
* Getting on the Same Page with Your Partner
* Words of Wisdom from a Veteran Stepmom
* Learn to Let Go of Expectations
→ And much more!

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THE NOVEMBER 2018 ISSUE | TABLE OF CONTENTS
FEATURES
The 5 Most Common Mistakes Stepmoms Make
(Because We’re Only Human!)
BY MARY T. KELLY, MA

The Art & Science of Love
A Stepmom’s Guide to Making Your Marriage Last: Part Two
BY CLAUDETTE CHENEVERT

Thank You for Your Service!
Teaching Our Stepchildren Gratitude
BY KELLY PALMQUIST, MSW

Stepmoms and Holiday Depression
How to Recognize It and What to Do About It
BY BRENDA SNYDER, LCSW

Holiday Survival Guide for Stepmoms
5 Skills and Techniques to Sustain You
BY SUSAN LANCASTER, PGDIP

DEPARTMENTS
WORDS OF WISDOM
The Rookie Stepmom
4 Things I Wish I Knew From the Start
BY KYLIE MCGREGOR

EXPERT ADVICE
Your Couple’s Playbook
Advice for (Step-)Parenting From the Same Page
BY CHRISTINA ROACH, LMHC

TIMEOUT
Joy to the World, Stepmom!
Let Go of Holiday Expectations and a Need to Control
BY ANNA DE ACOSTA

SPECIAL REPORT
Holiday Planning
Increase Your Joy Despite These Stepfamily Dynamics
BY SHELLY WARE, LMFT

STEPMOM MEMOIRS
What’s That Ticking?
Weighing My Decision About Having Kids as the Clock Winds Down
BY TRACI MORENO, PSYD 

IN EVERY ISSUE
ON THE COVER
Yamile McBride

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
What I Think About … Girl Power & ‘Good’ Advice

FROM THE ARCHIVES
This Time Last Year

REAL STEPMOMS. REAL STORIES.
Meredith Terpeluk Schoeller

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The 5 Most Common Mistakes Stepmoms Make
(Because We’re Only Human!)
BY MARY T. KELLY, MA

In working with stepmoms for roughly 20 years, I’ve heard it all. Most often, though, I hear some version of: “I wish I’d known a long time ago that—when I joined a ready-made family with great intentions and a loving heart—I’d make mistakes which would back fire on me in ways I wouldn’t have thought possible.” These sentiments aren’t uncommon among the thousands of stepmoms I’ve worked with. In fact, they generally indicate that:

* You think you should act like a Mom.
* You feel guilty for not loving the kids.
* You judge your partner’s parenting.
* You obsess over your partner’s ex.
* You lose yourself, in the process.

I’m quite sure you’ve made either some, if not all, of these mistakes plus others. Yet, please don’t be hard on yourself. You’re human! Mistakes are normal steps to becoming wiser, more compassionate and more self-loving. Mistakes are necessary for growth and are how we learn.

We’re about to address the five mistakes stepmoms most commonly make. You may have made them in the past or be making them currently. The goal is to make corrections that will relieve you of any unnecessary suffering and correct any faulty thoughts you have about yourself and what you can reasonably expect your role to be within your stepfamily. …To read the rest of this article, log in and download the November 2018 issue. Don’t have an account? Click here to subscribe.

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Stepmoms and Holiday Depression
How to Recognize It and What to Do About It
BY BRENDA SNYDER, LCSW

My sister and I have decided that we’re coming back in our next lives as husbands. Seriously, because—in a husband’s world— holidays just happen. My own husband loves Christmas. He looks forward to Christmas cookies, presents under the tree, receiving cards from friends and family members, reading the annual letter “we” send out, our annual pre-Christmas party, our Christmas Eve gathering, Christmas Day brunch for all 15 of us (including our kids, their spouses and our grandkids) and watching everyone open their gifts.

He loves every bit of it. His contribution?

My husband decks out the house in a light display on par with that of Clark Griswold (played by Chevy Chase) in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” And he does a great job! His other responsibility, honed over 20 years of training, is to regularly tell me what a great job I’ve done. He’s also sure to mention how much he appreciates the hours I spend baking, organizing, decorating, shopping and wrapping.

Why Holidays Are Tough
The feats above hint at a few reasons many of us feel stressed and overwhelmed during the holiday season. For some women, however, the experience is even more serious—with rampant emotions spilling over into the realms of depression and anxiety. Why are the holidays so tough on some of us? There are several reasons:

* Ridiculously high standards
* Unrealistic expectations
* Unhealthy stressors
* Too little self-care

In my experience, these are four major contributors. Let’s unwrap each of them one at a time. …To read the rest of this article, log in and download the November 2018 issue. Don’t have an account? Click here to subscribe.

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Holiday Survival Guide for Stepmoms
5 Skills and Techniques to Sustain You
BY SUSAN LANCASTER, PGDip

The holiday season provides us with the opportunity to come together and to learn from each other. It’s a time to not highlight our differences but to be inspired by them. It’s a time to rejoice in our similarities and use any knowledge gained to create our own unique stepfamily experiences, as we evolve and grow as individuals.

Though it can sometimes feel like “surviving the holidays” is the best we can hope for, we can make sure our stepfamily holidays are full of fun, laughter, play, food and family. And for all of us, of course, gifts! What if you were to seek out the very best gift—the perfect gift—to give your own stepfamily? One that’s a great fit for everyone? That would certainly make things easier.

Learning the skills and techniques which will sustain you through the holidays isn’t impossible. In fact, that’s what you’ll learn here. We’ll start with the gift that costs nothing and is something we all need, want and desire.  …To read the rest of this article, log in and download the November 2018 issue. Don’t have an account? Click here to subscribe.

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The October 2018 issue is HERE!
* What to do when you want to quit
* Why it’s normal to dread your stepkids’ visits
* The secret life of stepmom coaches and bloggers
* How to navigate your way through awkward conversations
* How to open the lines of communication with your stepkids
* A Stepmom’s Guide to Making Marriage Last: Part One
*What stepmoms who grew up in stepfamilies want YOU to know
* Why you shouldn’t blame yourself for your stepfamily’s troubles
→ And much more!

Check out the full list of what’s inside this month:

THE OCTOBER 2018 ISSUE | TABLE OF CONTENTS
FEATURES
The Art & Science of Love

A Stepmom’s Guide to Making Your Marriage Last: Part One
BY CLAUDETTE CHENEVERT

Growing Up in a Stepfamily
What Stepmoms Who’ve Been There Can Teach Us
BY KRISTEN WILKINSON, PSYD

Talking Tips for Stepmoms
Navigating Your Way Through Awkward Conversations
BY KELLY PALMQUIST, MSW

Being a Stepmom Is the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done!
Ready to Quit? Read This First!
BY MARY T. KELLY, MA

DEPARTMENTS
EXPERT ADVICE
Visitation Anxiety
Why It’s Normal to Dread Your Stepchild’s Arrival
BY RACHELLE KATZ, EDD, LMFT

SPECIAL REPORT
Behind the Scenes, We’re A Lot Like You
The Secret Life of Stepmom Coaches and Bloggers
BY ANNA DE ACOSTA

COMMUNICATION CORNER
Game on, Stepmom!
One Stepfamily’s Solution to Connecting Thru Conversation
BY CHRISTINE G. ADAMO

THE EX FACTOR
Santería and Stepmoms
Good vs. Evil on Day of the Dead
BY TRACI MORENO, PSYD

STEPMOM MEMOIRS
The Childless Stepmom
This Stepmom Is Still Wicked Cool
BY TIA CHAPINSKI

EXPERT ADVICE
Stepmoms & Spooky Ideas
5 Ways to Overcome Tricky Thought Patterns
BY CHRISTINA ROACH, LMHC

IN EVERY ISSUE
ON THE COVER
Erika Palmer

LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
What I Think About … Puppies and Parenting

FROM THE ARCHIVES
This Time Last Year

REAL STEPMOMS. REAL STORIES.
Tammy Wegener

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