Last Names and Stepfamilies

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...
Picture taking in a Stepfamily or Blended Family

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...
The Dreaded Mother’s Day for Stepmoms

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...
Stop Feeling Ashamed

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...
Stop Forcing The Blend

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...
A Decade of “Blending”

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...
The Do’s and Don’ts of Nachoing

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...
10 things to NOT say to a struggling stepmom

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...
Welcome to reality!

Welcome to reality!

Blended family dreams? When you entered into the blend, did you have blended “dreams”? If you did, were they based on “nuclear” family expectations? Even without your having a “blended family fairy tale” dream, there were and are...

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