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The Smart Stepmother

The Smart Stepmom: Introduction

An excerpt from the book The Smart Stepmom: Practical Steps to Help You Thrive! by Ron L. Deal and Laura Petherbridge.
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Prayers for Stepmom's

Stepmothering is the ultimate learning experience, full of insights and discoveries, pain and joy. The role is always surprising and often exasperating. The realization of all you’ve gotten yourself into is sometimes overwhelming. The most important thing a stepmom learns is the most basic and sometimes the hardest to admit: I can’t do this alone.
I Knew I Was a Stepmother When...

. . . my fiancé’s 4 year-old son yelled for me to come upstairs to the bathroom. Upon my arrival, he asked me to please help him wipe. -- Janet B., Pennsylvania

A Struggling Stepmother

From our Smart Questions, Smart Answers section: "I struggle with loving his children. When I married him I thought it would come easy and natural but I have found that in my unmarried 30 years Ive become pretty selfish. I do all the duties of a mom but have none of the benifits."
You're Not My Mom!

I wanted a new mom, but Kali’s not what I had in mind. Now I’m stuck with her!

Jeannie, from Louisiana. Learning From a Good Stepmom

....So, to all the stepmoms, hang in there... do the special things.. and the children will appreciate you more once they are adults and have children.
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Mother’s Day: What’s a Stepmother to Do?

If there is one day of the year that can trigger either elation or sadness for a stepmom it’s Mother’s Day... Stepmoms often feel “outside the family circle” and this holiday may be a reminder that she’s an outcast.
Finding Time to Dance & Dine: Time for Romance (Part 1)

Part 1. This is a "deleted chapter" from the book The Smart Stepmom: Like all marriages, couples in stepfamilies must make an effort to keep the romance alive and growing beyond the initial chemistry that first brought the couple together. Sustaining love requires commitment and dedication.
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Finding Time to Dance & Dine (Part 2)

Part 2. Activate Your Fun Factor
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Finding Time to Dance & Dine (Part 3)

Part 3: Keeping Romance Alive and Bedroom Dancing!
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The Stepmother Journey

I expected encouraging comments and wise counsel on how to cope with the constant struggle of stepmothering. Instead I heard words that didn’t make sense to me. “I know it’s difficult at times, but you might consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to be part of raising your stepchildren.”
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Stepmom to Stepmom

Ask a stepmom if she enjoys Mother’s Day and you’ll get a wide variety of responses. Many feel honored and respected, others feel isolated and defeated. Still others journey from dread in the early days of their family to celebration after a few rough years have passed. Why such different responses? Because both positive stepfamily bonding and negative stepfamily stress often rotates around the stepparent. If the stepparent is appreciated and accepted, Mother’s Day is a pretty good day; if, however, she is not, then it’s a tough weekend.

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