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NKP 011: From Summertime Stepmom to 50/50 Stepmom

In this episode of the Nacho Kids Podcast, Lori Sims, founder of Nacho Kids, interviews a stepmom of four years that has two bio kids and one stepkid. The stepkid would visit in the summer until recently when Patti and her husband moved to a small town to be closer to...

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Last Names and Stepfamilies

How Many Last Names Are There In Your Blend? Is your last name the same as your significant others? Is your last name the same as your bio kids, or what about your stepkids? Do you have any "ours" kids that have your same last name? Most blended/stepfamilies have...

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Picture taking in a Stepfamily or Blended Family

Pictures... When you're in a blended family, or stepfamily, everything seems complicated. And pictures are one of those times it can become more stressful than it needs to be. I think back to when we took our first professional pictures, and remember there was no...

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What is Nachoing?

          Definition of "Nachoing": People often ask, what is Nachoing? The Facebook response is usually "Nacho Kids, Nacho Problem." I laugh because that is not exactly what it is. The Nacho Kids method is a philosophy and methodology for...

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The Dreaded Mother’s Day for Stepmoms

Mother's Day and Stepmoms One of the hardest days for stepmoms seems to be Mother's Day. It's quite understandable. Many stepmoms care take care of their stepkids. They cook for them, clean after them, haul them back and forth to school, etc. More often than not, the...

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Stop Feeling Ashamed

Shhhh... Don't tell anyone To say being a stepmom is hard, is a drastic understatement. For many, it's the hardest thing they will ever have to do. That's confirmed by the failure rate of stepfamilies/blended families. You have to wonder when something is so hard, why...

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Stop Forcing The Blend

You’re not a nuclear family Many stepfamilies start off in the “blend” thinking they will be able to blend like a “nuclear family”. Unfortunately, the probability of this happening is very slim.  And trying to force the stepfamily/blended family to be like a nuclear...

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A Decade of “Blending”

Time Flies I cannot believe we've been in the "blend" for almost 10 years! Woohoo! We did it! Thankfully, we did not end up being a blended family statistic! At one point, we were as close as we could be to becoming one of the statistics, but we made it through it! We...

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Ten Basic Rules of Nachoing

#1     You can't say anything negative to or about the stepkid. #2     You can't expect more from the stepkid than their own bio parents do. #3     You can't care more about the stepkids than the bio parents do. #4     You can't parent them like your own. #5     You...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Nachoing

To help you better understand Nachoing, here is a list of the Do's and Don'ts of Nachoing. Not all of these apply to everyone, but it is a good basis to start. For example, if you and your significant other's ex get along great, you don't need to nacho them. The same...

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10 things to NOT say to a struggling stepmom

As a struggling stepmom, there are things that people say that make us want to scream. Those that say these things usually have no clue the struggles many stepmoms are facing, nor do they care to try to understand. They are living the "rainbows and unicorns" blended...

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Stop creating your own misery!!

They are not your kids During a counseling session as a last-ditch effort to save our marriage, the counselor told me 812 times, "they are not your kids". It hurt my feelings at first because I knew they were not my kids.  But I really cared about them, so I thought...

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