Happily Never After: Our First Year as a Blended Family

The first year of our marriage was wildly, ridiculously hard.  Like, “when is this going to end I am not sure I can take another second of it” hard.  Like, lie awake at night figuring out the easiest way to get out of this mess hard.  Running away crossed my mind more than once.  At 40.  I am not sure running away is even a thing for adults but it sounded totally fine at the time, good, even....more

#SORRYNOTSORRY Why I Don't Care That My Stepdaughter Hates Me

#SORRYNOTSORRYMichelle was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.  Her biological mother was an alcoholic and drank heavily all day, every day, while she was pregnant. Sadly, with every swill of Wild Turkey and drunken fall her mother took, Michelle was forced to take it right along with her.  ...more

5 Things You Need to Know About Successful Stepfamilies

5 things you need to know about successful stepfamiliesApproximately 56% of second marriages with children under the age of 18 in Australia end in separation and divorce. Want to know what sets the 44% of successful stepfamilies apart from the rest?1. They understand that stepfamilies are different....more

Boundaries & Stepfamilies

image credit: www.steppingthrough.com.auNever underestimate the importance of boundaries.When you don't have them you end up either walking all over the people in your life or getting walked on. Savvy stepfamilies make sure neither of these happens in their homes!...more

Great News!

So no - I did not set out to blog, journal, or even write a book about my family and how we went from trying to strangle each other to making it work better than I could have ever dreamed, but that is exactly what I did....more

Stepmonsters The Book: A Review and A Ramble

Just the title of the book conjures up all kinds of evil thoughts doesn't it? But, if you are a step-parent, this is the most reassuring book you will ever lay your hands on. ...more

Disrespecting StepMom

Everyone in the family looses when kids are encouraged and/or rewarded to disrespect their stepmom and their father. ...more
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Things My Husband Wished I Knew

Things My Husband Wished I Knew By Donna Dennis Munoz(Editor's Note: This article was written for the February issue of Stepmom Magazine at www.stepmommag.com)  ...more

When Baby Comes Along: Five Tips for Merging Your Step-Family

Author's note: My article was previously published in Stepmom Magazine at www.stepmommag.com When I was pregnant with my eldest son, my stepdaughter came to live with my husband and me. The move caused her to struggle with feelings of jealousy, alienation and emotional stress. Most of those feelings were aimed at me, and she and I were hardly speaking. It was a painful and awkward time....more

Family: The Balancing Act

Making family time is important to me. How do you balance your children, relationship, and work life? (Guest Post by Ricki Lake, who can be found on Facebook or Twitter @RickiLakeShow)...more
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