When the White Picket Fence Never Goes Up

She said, “I was excited…” I noticed Amber’s melancholy state when I met my friend for lunch. “I was excited about a new beginning in marriage,” she said, “but now I find myself sad more often than happy. I’m not sure...

Can You Be Content as a Stepmom?

She Wants Super Stepmom Status As a stepmom for more than two decades, I’ve had countless conversations with other stepmoms desperately trying to achieve Super Stepmom status, as though there’s an end-of-the-year award. She cooks her stepchildren’s...

Loving a Prodigal Stepchild

How did we get here? She felt the knot in her stomach tighten as the phone rang, knowing her husband was visiting his son in prison. Familiar feelings of anger, fear, and shame flooded her heart. How did we get here? she thought. My stepmom friend, Nancy, had never...

Trust God to Bring Good from Your Suffering

Whatever you face on your stepfamily road—God has the answer. Do you struggle with a mentally unstable child? A spouse who doesn’t support your role as a stepparent? Maybe you can’t get past the outsider feeling in your home. When suffering prevails,...

The Important Calling of a Stepparent

My heart ached as I read the stepmom’s plea for help. “I feel lost. I used to be confident and joyful. Most days now I feel tired and off target. I don’t even know who I am anymore. Can you help?” I understood her feelings. It’s not...

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