Archive for the 'Stepchildren' Category

Stepfamilies and Money: Part One

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

A new Stepmom Circles Podcast is ready! When I first began researching stepfamily life so I could write my book, I came across Dr. Margorie Engel. At the time she was the president of the Stepfamily Association of America, which is now the National Stepfamily Resource Center and we talked then about stepfamily money issues. I recently interviewed Dr. Engel again and we talked for hours about all the things that stepfamilies face when it comes to money: saving for college, insurance, estate planning and much, much more. This podcast is the first in a series of three. She also generously gave us documents to help guide our discussions of these topics with our families.

Visit my blog at to download a PDF with Dr. Engel's packet of information. I hope this starts some fruitful conversations between you and your family. Good luck!

The Smart Stepdad: Interview with Ron Deal

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Finally!!! A new podcast is ready. Ron Deal is one of my favorite guests. In this show we talk about Ron's new book, The Smart Stepdad. There are even fewer resources for stepdads than there are for stepmoms. Ron always has so much wisdom to share and this podcast is not just for stepdads. It's for moms who have kids and married a man who became a stepdad to their children. It's for stepmothers because is the advice he gives is applicable to all of us. Find Ron at


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Stepmoms and the Dance of Anger

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

This is the first Stepmom Circles Podcast of 2011! And my guest is a woman I have long admired: Dr. Harriet Lerner. She's a clinical psychologist and the author of the classic book The Dance of Anger. If you don't have this book on your shelf, you should. It is one of the most empowering books I've ever read about dealing with unhealthy patterns in relationships. Having constant fights with your partner? Read it. Engaged in a battle with the ex? Read it right now.

Have an idea for a future podcast? Shoot me an email at becomingastepmom (at) gmail (dot) com.

For information, support, and inspiration, head to Stepmom Circles host Jacquelyn Fletcher's blog at

Are you a stepmartyr?

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Dearest Stepmothers: Another free Stepmom Circles Podcast is up! Listen to my discussion with author Wednesday Martin about stepmoms who become stepmartyrs. If you're bending over too far backward for your stepfamily, you'll want to listen to this one!

Wednesday Martin is the author of Stepmonster and a frequent guest on the Stepmom Circles Podcast. Visit host Jacquelyn Fletcher's award-winning blog at for more information.

Interview with Peggy Nolan of the Stepmom’s Toolbox

Friday, January 14th, 2011

stepmomcircles3This week's episode of the Stepmom Circles Podcast is ready! My guest is Peggy Nolan, a stepmom blogger whose blog The Stepmom’s Tool Box is a place you’re going to want to hang out during the month of October. Peggy is hosting authors on her blog all month who will be available to answer your questions and who will be giving away copies of their books and other fun prizes. (Yes, I'll be one of the authors!) For a full schedule of who will be stopping by Peggy’s blog this month, listen in to today’s show or visit or blog.

Peggy is a mom of two and stepmom of four children. As you’ll hear most of the kids did just fine when Peggy and her husband got together three and a half years ago. However, Peggy’s youngest stepson has proven to be a challenge mostly because he is a special needs child.

Not long ago I received a letter from a reader who is a stepmother of a special needs kid and I thought it would be useful to my listeners to discuss this topic because if your partner has a special needs child or you do yourself, then the issues that are common in stepfamilies are made even more complicated. Even if you aren't dealing with a special needs child, this show will give you some fantastic tools to help you develop  a stronger relationship with your partner and deal with the challenges that sometimes come with stepchildren.

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Stepmonster: Interview with Wednesday Martin

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

stepmomcircles3Listen to my first Stepmom Circles show ever. It's a classic! Wednesday Martin, PhD, the author of Stepmonster and I talk stepmothering. If you live near New York City, visit Wednesday's website to find out of she's doing an upcoming seminar. You'll love Wednesday and her research-based and life-based wisdom.

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Interview with Brenda Ockun, Stepmom Magazine Founder

Monday, January 10th, 2011

stepmomcircles3In today's show I interview Brenda Ockun, a stepmom of two and the creator of the online resource Stepmom Magazine. Tune in for advice and stories from two veteran stepmothers who aren't afraid to tell it like it is!

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Want more support? Visit Jacquelyn Fletcher's award-winning blog or read her book A Career Girl's Guide to Becoming a Stepmom.

Interview with Stepmom Author Izzy Rose

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

stepmomcircles3Check out my interview with Izzy Rose, stepmom blogger and author of The Package Deal. She's a formerly single girl who became a stepmom of two at the same time she got married, left her job, and moved to a new state. Talk about stress! Find out more at Izzy's blog Enjoy!

Visit Stepmom Circles host Jacquelyn Fletcher's award-winning blog at for information on stepmothering, relationships, and more.

Stepfamilies and the Law

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

stepmomcircles3Gals: Listen to this episode of  Stepmom Circles, my free podcast for this week's important interview. I talked with stepfamily law expert Margaret M. Mahoney. She is a lawyer, a professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh, and the author of the ONLY book about stepfamily law that I've been able to find, Stepfamilies and the Law. The book was published in 1994, but sadly not very much has changed since then. Click on the book link to see the entire book online or order a copy of it if you're looking to do more research.

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Visit Jacquelyn Fletcher's blog at for support, information, and inspiration.

The Ex Wife

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

stepmomcircles3Tune in to the Stepmom Circles podcast to listen to a conversation I had with Joanie Winberg, the founder of the National Association of Divorce for Women and Children. Joanie is also the host of Single Again! Now What? Blog Talk Radio show.

She's the biological mom of two kids who are now in their 20s. She divorced their dad 14 years ago and their stepmom joined their family 7 years ago. Joanie's advice for stepmoms, dads, and biological moms will have you wishing she was your partner's ex!

I'll be a guest on Joanie's show on Wednesday, October 28th and it's live so you can call in with questions. Watch for more info on that soon or click on the link to Joanie's radio show.

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