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 favorite meals. And runs them around town to every activity. She spends hours hunting for the...

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Can You Be Content as a Stepmom?

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 been married, nor had children of her own. She'd entered stepfamily life full...

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Loving a Prodigal Stepchild

Overcoming the Odds with God’s Redeeming Power

“Deb was all about overcoming odds. She didn’t judge a person, a situation, or even a place by what they were, but by what they could become with God’s grace and mercy.” Beautiful words I read about my friend, Deb, shortly after she passed away. Deb had overcome her own odds of pushing past dyslexia and earning a doctorate degree. She was...

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Overcoming the Odds with God's Redeeming Power

Promising Hope for Disappointing and Sorrowful Times

Happy New Year! How were your holidays? Stepfamily holidays can include angst, confusion, and disappointment. If that was your situation, I hope you'll allow God to redeem and restore you as we begin a new year. I shared a story in Stepparenting With Grace about a particularly hard holiday season for a fellow writer friend, Carla McClafferty....

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Promising Hope for Disappointing and Sorrowful Times

The Power of Boundaries in Stepfamily Holidays

Let's be honest. Stepfamily holidays can present awkward situations and uncomfortable exchanges with people we might not see (or even care to see) regularly. A friend of mine was complaining recently about a common stepmom issue. "I don't want to face my husband's ex at the school Christmas party," said my friend, Elisa. "And my stepdaughter...

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Power of Boundaries in Stepfamily Holidays Gayla Grace

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