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Money Matters

Money Matters

  Money is a complicated aspect of most relationships, and is one of the most commonly cited reasons behind couples divorcing. Typically this is not down to a lack of finances, but to a lack of compatibility in financial goals and management (Payne, Olver & Roth, 2015). For stepcouples, the strain of financial obligations is even more complex and layered.…

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How to Stop Keeping Score

How to Stop Keeping Score

In pursuit of Happiness with The Happy Stepmom – Stop keeping score! “Generosity is something freely given as a gift, with nothing expected in return. When a relationship feels secure, it is easy to want to offer more than your fair share of tasks or thoughtful gestures to show your love for your partner. Whether moving their clothes to the…

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Happiness Hacks

Happiness Hacks

  I am a true believer in being the boss of my own happiness.  I am in charge of how I feel and no one else can have that power over me. That said, I am also a Stepmom. There are definitely a lot of obstacles and challenges to being the boss. This blended family life tests you in ways…

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Five Love Languages

Five Love Languages

  I don’t know about you, but I am an avid reader who loves to read personal development books. Especially about topics that can be applied to my blended family life. Last year I read “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman and I must tell you, it transformed my relationship with my husband! It also helped me to understand…

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Inside and Out

Inside and Out

One of the most common experiences reported by stepmoms is that of feeling like an outsider. You are joining an already formed family with a shared history, established traditions, and a biological bond that is stronger than anything. I think this can be particularly tough to navigate for childless stepmom. I remember those early movie nights – the three of…

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