Podcast Episode 37: Learning to Rock the Stepmother Gig

Podcast Episode 37: Learning to Rock the Stepmother Gig

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 37 of The New Family Podcast!

What does it mean to do a really great job of step-parenting? We’re joined in this episode by mom and stepmom Julia Oosterman, who wrote a piece for our site’s 1,000 Families Project that readers absolutely adored. Julia’s first experience of parenthood came when she started dating a man who had two children. Her super-loving and mature approach to step-motherhood was really applauded by our readers. But as she explains here, she didn’t always get it right, particularly in the early years. Julia’s family now includes four children with the addition of two she and her husband have had since. She and I talk about rocking the step-mother gig and life in a blended family.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Julia.

Julia’s 1,000 Families story

Julia’s blog Lemonade Life Lessons

Join our Facebook Group Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce

Julia’s Favourite Parenting Advice:
“My mother had more of an opportunity to be a grandmother to the bigs. She passed away when my nine-year-old was only three months old. So a lot of her parenting advice was giving to me through the experience of the two older kids. And she said to me, ‘Let your kids be adventurers and help them build resiliency.’ And even as my own birth children came into the world, as they developed—adventure when you’re 18 months old can be pretty scary!—but whatever it is, I try to remember ‘Let your kids be adventurers and let them build resiliency.’ And all the way through their lives that has served them well.”

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About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by