Essential Stepmom Podcast

Essential Stepmom Podcast

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Your trusted source for unconventional advice and inspiration about the Womanly Art of Raising Someone Else’s Kids.


The Childless Stepmom
Dec 10 • 29 min
In response to a listener request, I interviewed Sonia Richter - artist, stepmom and blogger. Sonia opened her personal struggle with childlessness to the public when she wrote a blog called Raw Brutal Honesty On Being a 44 Year Old Childless Stepmom…
2.7 Five thousand desperate stepmoms Googled THIS phrase and found ME on YouTube!
Dec 3 • 16 min
I was astonished to learn that one of my stepmom tutorial videos was outperforming the others by 100 to 1. What was so special about my message in that video that had stepmoms flocking in droves to watch it? Spoiler alert - it’s about not liking your…
2.6 Control Junkie No More!
Nov 26 • 42 min
I am a recovering control junkie and not afraid to admit it. I now get my fix minding my own business and controlling the only thing I really can, which is my own actions, and my reactions to things. Anna de Acosta has a similar story although all the…
2.5 Step-parent Burnout Syndrome
Nov 19 • 36 min
I am acquainted with burnout, like many other high performing women. I’ve burned out once as a wife and once as a stepmom. Luckily, I’ve been developing a rich support network around me to help me cope so that I don’t get all the way to burn out ever…
2.4 She wants her mom and dad to get back together…
Nov 5 • 30 min
…and other cute things stepkids say. In this episode, I chat with Tania Heinemann who I invited onto the podcast to talk about recovering from burnout and specifically about healing adrenal fatigue. Fortunately, we got carried away with a discussion about…
2.3: The Amazing Invisible Stepmom
Oct 29 • 25 min
Do you feel invisible sometimes? Like, your stepchild acts as if you don’t exist? Or your input is ignored? This episode is for you. Please take a moment to rate or review this podcast on iTunes - that’s the best way to help other stepmoms to find this…
2.2 Duda Baldwin - Spiritual Teacher and Stepmom
Oct 22 • 44 min
Duda Baldwin is the creator of the Little School of Buddhism and she’s a life coach who brings a spiritual edge to learning to crush your goals while staying true to yourself. You can learn more about Duda at kickassmuse.com. Tracy’s articles have been…
2.1 Who Gets To Be Part Of Your Tribe?
Oct 15 • 18 min
This is about your stepmom tribe, your dream team, your support network. We’re going to design your very own dream team on this episode and by the end you’ll know exactly who your team members are, where they’re hiding and how to get exactly what you need…
15: The Disengaging Essay
Aug 27 • 59 min
My guest Maarit Miller created and published a version of the Disengaging Essay that made it famous in the stepmom world. You can read it on Maarit’s blog, Blended Family Frappe. I’ll be taking a break for the next while as I focus on helping the…
14: Guest Shannon Bally on being a stepdaughter and a bio mom.
Aug 20 • 35 min
Shannon Bally is the host of a podcast called The Bumpcast. Her life so far includes having 4 children and 3 stepmoms. Her husband is stepdad to her oldest 2 children and she can speak to what it looks like as a bio mom when the kids come back from…
13: Is it mean not to share your cookies?
Aug 13 • 22 min
This episode is about peer support and peer advice, and how to know when to take advice from a stranger. What does that have to do with sharing cookies? A simple request for advice on social media gave me the inspiration to talk about sharing the…
12: Infertility - Support and Transformation with Dr. Stacy Thomas
Aug 6 • 61 min
Dr. Stacy is a Clinical Psychologist in private practise in Toronto, Canada. She specializes in helping women manage the emotional challenges of infertility. Her free guided journal is available at http://growingforwardjournal Learn more about Stepmom…
11: Parental Alienation Part 3
Jul 30 • 29 min
This final episode of my 3-part series on Parental Alienation is about how to support yourself and your partner to weather the emotional wear and tear of this kind of situation. Please rate us on iTunes so other stepmoms can find us and listen along with…
10: Parental Alienation Part 2
Jul 23 • 33 min
Kim Wilson describes her experience being completely alienated from her mother from age 1 to age 7, and the effect this had on her future relationships. I find it incredibly helpful to hear from adults who lived through this because they can explain to us…
9: Parental Alienation Part 1 - 10 Practical Tips
Jul 16 • 31 min
Parental Alienation might be the most difficult challenge a step-family can face. Here are 10 practical tips for helping things along. In the next episode, we’ll talk about what to say to the kids, what not to say, and how to help them express whatever…
8. Understanding Loyalty: Loving The Stepchild Who Won’t Let You In
Jul 9 • 23 min
The loyalty bind, or loyalty conflict as it’s sometimes known, is possibly the most insidious barrier to a healthy relationship between a stepmom and her partner’s children. It’s not always noticeable at the start of a new family and it can become a…
7: The Spiritual Work of Step-parenting (part 2)
Jul 3 • 14 min
Awareness, Acknowledgement, Acceptance. How do these apply to your step-parenting journey, and why are they important? I think they’re all that’s between you and the dreaded “70%” - the tragic majority of stepmoms who don’t make it, whose families can’t…
ESP. 6 The Spiritual Work of Step-parenting (part 1)
Jun 25 • 26 min
I have a personal story to share about my own journey towards embracing spirituality. It’s the story of how I found my husband and became a stepmom! The three important steps on the way to true peace and happiness are Awareness, Acknowledgement and…
5: Drop The Knives! Part two of my conversation with Christina Providence
Jun 18 • 28 min
Dropping the knives is a brilliant metaphor for thinking in a new way about working at the edge of your capacity (or the end of your rope, as a stepmom!) and how to get what you need to stay in “growth mode” instead of falling into “stress mode”. I do…
4: When High-Challenge Is Your Normal: Part 1 Of A conversation with Christina Providence
Jun 11 • 16 min
Christina Providence is an energy coach who helps high performing women recover from burnout and get back their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy so they can feel like themselves again. She shares a great metaphor about working at the…
ESP. 3: The trouble with chores
Jun 3 • 32 min
Should your step kids be doing chores? If you think so and their dad doesn’t, what can you do? There’s a difference between the practical reasons for giving kids chores (like, you need help!) and reasons having to do with parenting and raising responsible…
2: Red Flags and How To Spot Them with Lori Wilkins Sims
Jun 3 • 38 min
How can you tell the difference between random step family troubles and real “red flags” you should pay attention to? My guest Lori Wilkins Sims is the originator of the Nacho Kids concept and if you don’t know her story, you won’t want to miss this!…
1: Overstepping
Jun 3 • 21 min
Overstepping boundaries is almost inevitable as a Stepmom. How can we recognize when we’ve done it, and more importantly, how do we recover from it and make things right? Did you know that my turbo training “Stepmom Success Lab” is launching for the…