According to an article in the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, gratitude may have the strongest connection to happiness of any of the personality traits studied. In fact, “18.5 percent of individual differences in people’s happiness could be predicted by the amount of gratitude they feel,” asserts Janice Kaplan, author of The Gratitude Diaries.
Stepmoms, bring your kids and stepkids to check out The Artisan Fest at Odysea in the Desert! The Artisan Fest features a Kids Art Zone with new projects every month, and I will be leading the Kids Art Zone on November 10th! Join us to experience a special stepfamily activity centered around gratitude. My stepdaughter
Let’s take a break from all of the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, take a few deep breaths, and reflect on this past year. We can start by shifting our focus from thoughts of the future and what we’re going to do to thoughts of what we have done. We can do this
A recent study found that reading reduces stress. In fact, reading just six minutes per day reduces stress levels by 68 percent, according to a study by the University of Sussex in England. As an avid reader, I love finding facts like this that prove the benefits of reading. Now, if I need justification for
School is out, and that means it’s time to relax and have fun! For the kids, at least. Now, as a stepparent or parent, you’re probably trying to work, and then you’re coming home to kids who may not have enough to do. Yes, we can give them lists and chores, but why not have
Elizabeth Mosaidis of The Stepmom Project has published an article, “Stepmoms Who Overthink: 4 Ways to Stop Second-Guessing Yourself” in StepMom Magazine, a valuable resource for stepmoms. In the July issue, you can read about a range of topics from being childfree by choice to feeling like an outsider in your stepfamily. You can subscribe to StepMom
As an educator, at the end of a semester, I have equally conflicting emotions of both joy and dread. I’m excited to see how much my students have progressed during the class, but I’m also nervous about receiving my evaluations from the students. Did they learn a lot? Did they feel the same way about
Are you struggling with kindness and empathy in your household? Do you feel like your children and stepchildren could use a lesson in kindness and empathy? A little kindness can go a long ways in a household that is already experiencing stepfamily stress. If you think about it from the child’s perspective, they are going
Stepmoms, do you have difficulty expressing how you feel about being a stepmom? Do you have someone close to you who thinks you’re alone in your stepmom struggles? In my work with stepmoms, I’ve found that nearly 85% of stepmoms feel like they’re alone. They feel like they are the only stepmom who is struggling.
Mother’s Day can be bittersweet for stepmoms. Will we be acknowledged on Mother’s Day? Will our stepchild and/or spouse give us a card or let us know that they appreciate us? As we all know, Mother’s Day can be a beautiful day where we spend time with our loved ones, or it can be an