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.
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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