Podcast Episode 169: Changing the Step-parenting Narrative

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 169 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to a stepmom about changing the way we talk about step-parenting.

My guest on this episode shares my passion for expanding narratives around what a happy family can look like, especially in co-parenting and blended-family situations. Colleen LeMaire is a writer, author and stepmom. She writes kid-friendly books on grown-up topics in her I Have Series, starting with I Have Two Homes, I Have a Stepmom and I Have a Stepdad.

Colleen and I talk about how stepmoms are portrayed in everything from fairy tales to pop culture, and why those sorely need an update. Colleen shares her own experience adjusting to being a step-parent and why she was inspired to create resources to help kids adjust to changes in the family.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

I Have Book Series: “I Have a Stepdad”

I Have Book Series: “I Have a Stepmom”

I Have Book Series: “I Have Two Homes”

The “I Have” Series website

Collen’s blog

Related Episode: From Solo Parent to Blended Family

Related Episode: Two Homes, One Childhood
Our free Facebook support group Positive Co-Parenting After Divorce
Our co-parenting webinar: How To Co-Parent Well Through Separation, Divorce and Beyond

Colleen’s Parenting Advice

“The best piece of parenting advice is probably advice I gave myself and that is ‘just do what works for you and your family.’ Don’t compare to what the blended family down the road is doing. Don’t try to mimic them because what creates peace and happiness in their situation can wreak havoc in your life. You cannot base your happiness or self-worth on what somebody else can accomplish in their blended family. There are some things that will work for one family that will not work for the others so just find your groove and find what makes for the smoothest sailing and do what works for you guys.”

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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.

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