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Stepmom Stories: Rhea Blasko

Meet Rhea Blasko Interior Designer/Antique Dealer/Owner of Opal Interiors LLC What is your story? How did you become a stepmom? Jake and my cousin, Paul, have been best friends since high school, and after college they ended up living in Arizona. Every year, Paul came home for Popcorn Fest and one year he talked Jake

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3 Basic Improv Techniques to Improve Stepfamily Communication

Ask any stepmom: what is one of the biggest challenges of your stepmom role? I’m willing to wager that most of them will mention communication. Communication with their husband about their stepchildren. Communication with their stepchildren. Communication with the biological mother.  As you can imagine, any techniques that can improve communication within these complex relationships

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Why Scary is Good…

Tomorrow I’m trying something that is completely out of my comfort zone. I really want to do it, but it also terrifies me.  I went back and forth on whether I should actually sign up and finally registered for it last night. Some of you might scoff, but the thing that brings a pit of

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Summer Travel Tips

Last summer, my husband, stepdaughter, and I traveled to Greece for two whole weeks.  In Greece, we planned on staying in an apartment in Ilioupoli (a suburb of Athens) for a few days, taking a ferry to an island called Marmari, taking the ferry back over to Athens, flying to Santorini, and then staying in

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Stepmom Stories: Barbara L. Patterson

Meet Barbara Langley Patterson   Author, Speaker, and Pastor Stepchildren:  Sherie Stephens – 39;   Kandi Patterson – 37 Children:  Sterling Langley, III – 41; Shawn Langley – 39; Aaron Langley – 38; Tonya Langley – 34 What is your story? How did you become a stepmom? I was married to a wonderful man, Sterling Russell Langley,

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The Best Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day is coming up soon, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been thinking about what to have your stepchildren get for their dad, especially if he is the guy who has everything.  If that is the case, I think it’s best to go the homemade route and make something personal for those guys

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5 Summer Survival Tips for Stepfamilies

School is just getting out, and that means you and your stepchildren will have some extra time. Without homework, projects, and a rigid school schedule, your stepchildren may not know what to do with themselves.  When I was growing up, my siblings and I would spend a week with my grandparents every summer.  My Grandma

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