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The Pondering Stepmom Podcast

The Pondering Stepmom Podcast

By The Pondering Stepmom Podcast
A podcast dedicated to the dynamic community of women who are navigating the realm of stepparenting.

This Podcast was inspired by my blog, The Pondering Nook, where I write about my own experiences as a stepmom AND as a mom among other topics.

Each week that the podcast airs there will be a topic or question posted days prior on The Pondering Nook’s Facebook and Instagram page. I’ll discuss the topic on the show and read the responses (many will be anonymous!) Most episodes are 30 min or under so you can listen while you’re on the go, on your lunch break, or on your drive to work.
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When Stepchildren Become Adults: What Now?
In this episode, I explore how stepmoms have adjusted to their stepkids turning 18 and becoming adults. Did the 18th birthday magically make their stepparenting role easier or did it make things harder?  Thanks to all the stepmoms who gave their feedback xoxo If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review wherever you listen so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother  at Medium.
25:17
September 29, 2022
"Understanding Stepmom Disengagement..."
Have you ever tried to step back or "disengage" from your stepmom role and your partner just doesn't understand why..? In this episode, I explore how the partners of stepmoms have reacted when there's a desire from a stepmom to disengage from her role. Real-world stepmoms share their own disengagement experiences with raw and graceful honesty. Thank you to all the stepmoms who chimed in and thank you to all who have listened to The Pondering Stepmom Podcast! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review wherever you listen so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother  at Medium.
18:13
September 22, 2022
"Seasoned Stepmom Wisdom"
In this episode of The Pondering Stepmom Podcast, I asked for feedback from stepmoms who have been through enough seasons in their stepmom journey to offer up some much-needed advice for new and/or struggling stepmoms deep in the trenches. Boy, did stepmoms deliver! There are some real gems of wisdom in this episode that you'll want to hear. Thank you to all the stepmoms who shared their experiences and to everyone who tunes in! xoxo If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review wherever you listen so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother  at Medium.
25:52
September 15, 2022
"Nice To Meet You...?"
In this episode of The Pondering Stepmom Podcast, I discuss feedback from stepmoms on what their first meeting/impression of their stepchildren's biological mother was like & if that relationship has evolved from that moment on or not. I also share my personal experience during my own first meeting. I got an overwhelming response to this topic so please tune in! I hope stepmoms can relate to some of these experiences and find some comfort in knowing you are NOT alone xox If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.
39:51
September 08, 2022
"Clash of Parenting Styles: When You & Your Partner Don't Agree on How To Parent Your Stepchildren"
In this episode of The Pondering Stepmom Podcast, I discuss the challenges of clashing with your partner about how to parent/discipline stepkids. So many stepmoms struggle with differing parenting styles and many are at their wits end over it! Please tune in as I read feedback from other stepmoms on this issue and discuss coping strategies.  Thanks for tuning in, and as I mention in the episode regarding absent bio moms, here is a link to an episode where I discuss being a full-time stepmom and the challenges that can bring as far as discipline, behavior, etc... "Full-Time Dynamics" If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.
22:11
September 01, 2022
"Who Supports You In Your Stepmom Role - For Better And For Worse?"
The season 5 premiere of The Pondering Stepmom Podcast! It's hard to find people who understand the dynamics of stepparenting. This season 5 premiere of The Pondering Stepmom Podcast focuses on those people who real-world stepmoms can turn to and vent about their problems. THANK YOU to all who listen and who support struggling stepmoms! xoxo If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.
10:22
August 25, 2022
"Summer Bonus Episode! What Does Summer Break Look Like With Your Stepkids?"
Full summer bonus episode!  Hi, stepmoms! What does summer break look like in your blended home? Do your stepkids stay with you, or otherwise? Is this a stressful time of year for you as a stepmom or not? Tune in to find out what other stepmoms had to say on this topic! Thank you to all the stepmoms who gave their feedback and for tuning in! xoxo Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.
16:23
June 16, 2022
"You Don’t Have To Call Me Mom"
Hey, stepmoms! What do your stepchildren call you? Do they call you by your first name? Do they call you 'mom'? Or do they refer to you in another way? In this episode, I find out how other real-world stepmoms feel about the names/labels that are used for them and I also discuss my own personal experience with stepmom labels. Tune in! You can read my article, "You Don't Have To Call Me Mom" HERE If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.
34:34
May 11, 2022
"Being A Stepmom on Mother’s Day: The Good, The Bad & The Challenging Journey"
In this episode, I discuss feedback from stepmoms about how they're feeling about Mother's Day this year. Tune in as I read all about how stepmoms from many different blended family dynamics and perspectives chime in. Stay strong, stepmoms!    Thank you for tuning in! xoxo If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.
22:48
May 04, 2022
"Are We There Yet? The Journey of Step-Parenting Teens"
Step-parenting teenagers can be the hardest season in a stepmother's journey! In this episode, I discuss feedback from stepmoms with step-teens who describe their own experiences as well as offer some advice to other stepmoms who are on this journey as well.    Thank you for tuning in! xoxo If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.
19:40
April 27, 2022
"Stepmom Perspectives: What We Wish Our Partners Could Understand"
Hi! Please join me for a discussion about what we as stepmoms wish our partners could understand about the most challenging parts of being a stepmom. Thank you to all the stepmoms who gave me feedback and to the listeners tuning in! xoxo If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.
07:56
April 20, 2022
"Age, Wisdom & The Stepmom Role"
Hey, stepmoms, How old were you when you first became a stepmom? Do you think that your age has influenced your role or affected people's perceptions of you? Tune in as I read comments from stepmoms of all ages who describe their experiences and revelations about age, wisdom & the stepmom role! xoxo If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.   xoxo
21:58
April 13, 2022
"Do You Know Your Stepkid's Friends?"
Do you know your stepkid's friends and/or their parents? Are you super involved in your stepkid's friendships or not at all? I discuss how awkward these social situations can be for everyone and how different every blended family dynamic can be regarding this subject. Thanks for tuning in!  Find more stepmom articles at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother.  xoxo
21:25
April 06, 2022
"Who Disciplines Your Stepkids?"
Are you and your spouse on the same page as far as parenting & disciplining? Does your spouse follow through when you ask them to handle a parenting issue? This week I talk about stepmom frustrations as far as parenting & disciplining within the blended family & how this affects both the relationship and the household as a whole. Thanks for tuning in! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review wherever you listen so others can find me! Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother  at Medium.
25:03
March 09, 2022
"What Stepmom Disengagement Actually Looks Like"
We've all heard and talked about the concept of "disengaging" from the stepmom role BUT what does that actually look like in the real world?  In this episode, I share feedback from all kinds of stepmoms who each have their own take on what disengaging can look like and how they implement it within their own family dynamics. Thank you so much for tuning in! Enjoy! xoxo
22:20
March 02, 2022
Blended-Sibling Jealousy
Hi, stepmoms! This week, the topic is a listener request regarding jealousy between biological children and stepchildren. Do you struggle with jealousy dynamics between your step-kids & bio-kids? Tune in!  Near the end of the podcast, I read one of my articles that touches on feelings of rejection, conflict, and hopefully some much-needed comfort for stepmoms! You can read my article here. If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo
21:26
February 16, 2022
"The Ex Factor"
Stepmoms, what's your partner's relationship like with the ex/bio-mom? How does the state of that relationship affect your role as a stepmom? This week, I read some terrific feedback from stepmoms out in the world just like you! Tune in! xoxo
27:32
February 09, 2022
"Stay-At-Home-Stepmom Challenges"
Are you a stay-at-home stepmom? How has this affected your stepparenting journey? This week I read comments with experiences from stay-at-home stepmoms and I dissect some of the challenges they face on a daily basis. SO many insightful comments this week! Thank you! You can find more stepmom content at I, Stepmother.
32:00
February 02, 2022
The Ours Baby & Bio-Mom Dynamics
Hi! This week I discuss feedback from stepmoms about how the biological mom of their stepchild/stepchildren reacted to an "ours baby" coming into the picture. Stepmoms shared with me their sometimes very difficult and painful experiences as well as sharing some positive stories. Please tune in! If you're interested in writing for my stepmom publication on Medium called, "I, Stepmother." visit the publication here and check out the content and guidelines. Once you've done that, feel free to email me at farawaytree3@hotmail.com if you're interested. Thank you! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo  
28:52
January 26, 2022
"To Discipline OR Not To Discipline..."
Hey, stepmoms! This episode revolves around disciplining stepchildren. Who does it in your household? You? Your partner? Both? I got some fabulous feedback from stepmoms out there in the world so tune in and enjoy the conversation! xoxo 
27:32
January 19, 2022
"Comments, Questions, Assumptions & Presumptions"
Stepmoms, do people ever say things to you about your stepmom role that really bother you? In this first episode of season 4, we talk about those comments, questions, assumptions, and presumptions that people say and make about stepmoms and how to practice the art of shrugging that stuff off! Thank you to all the stepmoms who gave me feedback for this episode! I love all of you!
21:09
January 13, 2022
"Stepmom Mental Health Check In"
How's your mental health, stepmoms? In the season 3 finale, I talk about how we as stepmoms deal with an array of problems, situations, and challenges that can take a major toll on our mental health. I read some comments from other stepmoms going through the same thing and I get honest about my own feelings. Tune in!
23:05
December 15, 2021
"The 'Ours baby,' Age Gaps, Jealousy & Step-parenting
This week I talk about stepmoms who have had an 'ours baby' while step-parenting children who are much older. I hear from stepmoms who discuss how their stepchild/stepchildren reacted to the news of a younger sibling and how stepmoms broke the news to their stepchild/stepchildren initially about the new baby. Thank you for tuning in! xoxo
29:58
December 08, 2021
"Do They Really Like Me?"
Hello, stepmoms! This week I asked stepmoms if they feel like their stepkids actually like them and how they feel about whether they do or they don't. From cohabitating, bonding, and disciplining, how much does your stepchild liking you really matter? Let's find out! Tune in! As always, find me at The Pondering Nook xoxo
30:13
November 17, 2021
"What We Bring & What We Learn: The Stepmom Journey"
This week stepmoms tell me about the traits they feel make them stronger as stepmoms and the things they have learned along the way that gifted them with the ability to be kinder to themselves as well as better functioning stepmoms.  Thank you for tuning in and come visit me at The Pondering Nook!
25:31
November 10, 2021
"Stepmom Social Media Dilemmas"
Are you Facebook friends with the biological mom of your stepchild/stepchildren? This week, I read a ton of responses from stepmoms who have been there, done that. My hope is that not only can other stepmoms out there learn from these stories but they can know they're not alone. Thank you so much for tuning in & you can always find me at The Pondering Nook!
35:45
October 27, 2021
Negativity, Truth & Wisdom on The Stepmom Journey
Stepmoms, do get negative comments from the bio mom about yourself and/or your spouse sent back to your home with your stepchild? How do you handle it? This week I share experiences and advice from other stepmoms who are either going through this challenge right now or who have been through it in the past. Please tune in! You can find more from me at The Pondering Nook & at Medium.
22:33
September 29, 2021
"Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys...?"
Hey, stepmoms! How involved are you with your stepchild's schooling or extracurricular activities? This week, I find out from other stepmoms exactly how involved or NOT involved they are and why. There were a lot of responses on this one! Tune in!
38:01
September 22, 2021
"It's OK To Complain"
Hi, stepmoms! This week we're talking about the personal sacrifices we've made in order to do what we feel is best for our blended families. Stepmoms chime in on what they've given up and tolerated in the name of keeping the peace and we discuss how much is TOO much. Where do we draw the line? Tune in! 
20:41
September 15, 2021
"What About Your Friends?"
Hey there! Do you have any stepmom friends? What is that experience like? Tune in to hear other stepmoms talk about the stepmom friendships in their lives as well as how they cope with not having those kinds of friendships. Find me at The Pondering Nook & check out my stepmom publication on Medium here. xoxo 
24:02
September 08, 2021
"Is This What You Signed Up For?"
Are you a full-time stepmom? Did you know you were going to be a full-time stepmom when you started dating your partner? In this episode, I discuss feedback from full-time stepmoms who have both jumped into the full-time role immediately and those who have evolved into a full-time role over time. Please tune in!  Find me at The Pondering Nook... You can support my writing & publications at my ko-fi with a quick tip or you can commit to a monthly contribution of your choosing. The Pondering Newsletter at Substack can be accessed here.
19:38
August 25, 2021
"In Too Deep"
Stepmoms, have you ever gotten "in too deep" with your stepchild's bio mom as far as creating a relationship? Have you gotten close and then had it fall apart OR even get better? In this episode, I discuss how other stepmoms have coped and learned from their ever-changing relationships with the bio mom and when they felt they needed to take a BIG step back. As always, you can find me at The Pondering Nook! You can also support my endeavors at my ko-fi by buying me a glass of wine and/or donating any amount you choose just once or even monthly. Thank you! xox Michelle
31:47
August 18, 2021
'What's Your Power?'
Hi, stepmoms! This is the first episode of season 3 where I discuss what makes stepmoms feel powerless and what helps many stepmoms take that power BACK! I read listener responses on their experiences as well as share my own journey with taking back my power. Thank you for listening and you can always find me at The Pondering Nook!
17:11
August 11, 2021
"Let's Talk About Mother's Day"
In this episode, I share and discuss feedback from stepmoms about how Mother's Day makes them feel and if they are celebrated by their stepchild or stepchildren. I received a huge amount of responses from stepmoms acknowledging how difficult this day can be and ways to overcome the feelings of resentment and disappointment.   Thank you to everyone who gave feedback and tuned in as the show would not be here without you! I will be on a break until next season in a couple of months! Until then, there are 2 seasons of The Pondering Podcast discussing a wide variety of topics also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts & Spotify. Catch my piece on Medium about What It Means To Be A Stepmom On Mother’s Day...  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming!  Thank you!
29:52
May 06, 2021
"Transition Fatigue"
In this episode, we discuss how stepmoms are navigating the dynamics of children going back and forth between two homes. We talk about how rules and expectations vary between the two homes as well as the transition fatigue that often comes up during these situations.  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you! xox Michelle 
25:55
April 27, 2021
"Stepmom Guilt"
In this episode, I talk about "stepmom guilt" and I share feedback from other stepmoms who describe situations where they feel this emotion bubble up and how they deal with it. Please tune in for this candid discussion about something so many stepmothers go through.  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
19:39
April 21, 2021
"Disengaging Isn't A Dirty Word"
In this episode, I asked other stepmoms when the last time they felt they had to disengage was and why. I also talk about how the idea of disengaging felt like a dirty word to me at the beginning of my stepmom journey and how I've learned to adapt to the concept of what it means for me.  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
17:54
March 10, 2021
"Stepmom Origins"
In this episode, I share feedback from other stepmoms about their "origin stories" describing how they became stepmoms, and how they felt at the beginning of their stepmom journey as opposed to how they're feeling about it now. They share their challenges, triumphs, and those inevitable lessons learned along the way.  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
21:04
February 24, 2021
"Coping With Disruption"
Stepmoms, how do you cope when a biological parent jumps in and out of your stepchild's life in an inconsistent manner or is absent for years only to return without warning? In this episode, I discuss this topic along with some great feedback from other stepmoms who are going through this ever-changing and challenging journey.  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
16:23
February 17, 2021
"Partner Frustrations"
In this episode, I discuss how stepmoms deal with their frustrations regarding how their partner handles situations with their stepchild or stepchildren. I read feedback from other stepmoms dealing with these challenges and I work through how we can deal with these feelings going forward.  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
18:33
February 03, 2021
"Reflection"
As a stepmom, how is your relationship with the biological mom of your stepchild or stepchildren? Are you happy with the relationship? Are there aspects of the relationship you wish you could change or improve on? Is that even possible in your situation? In this episode, we discuss some of the different stepmom/bio mom relationships and how they have either improved or not improved over time.  Thank you to all the stepmoms who gave feedback and who support this podcast! As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming!
26:43
January 27, 2021
"Step-Teens & Dating"
Are you the stepmom of a teenager who is dating? What has been your experience? What is your advice to other stepmoms? In this episode, I discuss the challenges of a stepmom's role with their step-teens and dating. I got some feedback from my fellow ponderers about their own experience and, of course, I talk about my own! As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you! xox Michelle 
19:36
January 20, 2021
"Perspectives"
During this episode, I talk about stepmoms, like myself, who are also moms to biological children, and how our biological children feel about our role as stepmothers. I received some great responses detailing personal experiences with this dynamic and I also read an excerpt from an article I wrote recently regarding this topic that I will attach. As always, thank you to all the listeners and also to those who have provided the feedback I need to create this podcast! Happy New year! 'I Don't Get To Have A Stepmom' You can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
20:16
January 13, 2021
"Facing Our Fears"
In this episode, we discuss the greatest fears stepmoms have in their stepparenting journey. From being afraid of never being appreciated to the very real fear of losing a bond that has been built over time, I read stepmom responses and discuss how we can find perspective. I also read an excerpt from a terrific article over on my stepmom publication on Medium. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
18:34
December 09, 2020
"Don't Set Yourself on Fire"
In this episode, I talk about the challenges that high-conflict stepchildren can cause for stepmoms. As we come closer to the holidays with the added stresses of new pandemic lockdowns, many stepmoms are more frazzled and fed up than ever. Hopefully hearing about other stepmoms who are battling through the same kinds of issues can be a comfort.  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
20:25
November 18, 2020
"Full-Time Dynamics"
In this episode, I discuss the role of a full-time stepmom and all of the challenges it brings. I share some real stepmom experiences with being full-time as well as coping with absent or dysfunctional biological mothers. As always, these stories of sadness, triumph, and determination bring much-needed enlightenment and catharsis.  You can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
20:36
November 11, 2020
"Breaking Points"
In this episode, I discuss the issue of reaching our breaking points as stepmoms. I read the experiences that other stepmoms have shared regarding times in their own journeys when they felt like giving up and quitting the role of being a stepmom. In the discussion, we also talk about advice for moving on and healing from these incredibly difficult moments.  Thank you to all the stepmoms who have participated and shared pieces of their journeys. Thank you to all who listen and here's to remaining strong! As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you! Michelle 
19:31
October 28, 2020
"I Can Be That."
In this episode, I discuss how stepmoms feel they are a positive influence on their stepchild/stepchildren and why. I read responses from real stepmoms struggling with this challenge as well as sharing some of my own thoughts and struggles with how to be a force of inspiration and light as a stepmother. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
21:57
October 21, 2020
"Welcome Back"
In this episode, I do a catch-up after 7 months away from the show. How are we all doing? How have we been coping with the Covid-19 lockdowns and challenges? I check in with my own personal updates and a little bit of stepmom feedback. I also read an excerpt from "Time To Be Honest About Stepmom Life" from my Medium publication, "I, Stepmother." which contains some relatable and comforting truths for all of us. Welcome back, moms, stepmoms & blended families. Just remember that you're not alone.  Until next time... As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you! Cheers! Michelle 
17:12
October 14, 2020
Season 2 is Coming!
Hello listeners! It's been a while since season 1 of The Pondering Podcast and I'm about to launch Season 2! I need your input! What topics do you want to hear this season? What's bothering you? What's been challenging for you? Please comment on my Facebook page or Instagram page. You can also private message me OR email me at Farawaytree3@hotmail.com. Chat soon! Michelle xox
01:37
October 05, 2020
"Who Do You Think You Are?"
In this last episode of the season, I discuss how stepmoms feel within their step-parenting role and if they think they are valued/respected for all that they do. I also share my own personal story about how I rose up from being a stepmom who did WAY too much in the beginning while feeling an avalanche of resentment to becoming a stepmom who learned how to thrive while also saying no to others and how to ask for help! Thank you all for your phenomenal feedback over the last 20 episodes and I can't wait to talk at you in season 2!! xoxo Michelle  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
20:25
April 14, 2020
"Teaching What We Can"
In this episode, I discuss feedback from stepmoms and moms as to how they're coping with homeschooling their children and stepchildren. I also share my own personal experiences with our sudden change in lifestyle. Sending everyone my hopeful thoughts for the future! Xoxo Cheers! As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
28:22
April 07, 2020
"Co-parenting & The Coronavirus"
This week I discuss responses from blended families about how they are handling household schedules and co-parenting duties during the Coronavirus outbreak. I also add my best friend's advice into the mix as a divorced mother who explains her reasons for making the stand to keep her kids with her during this crisis. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
17:38
March 31, 2020
"The Blended Partnership"
This week I sneak in a Podcast during the wee hours of the morning while the kids are off school due to the Coronavirus scare. I (quietly) talk about the challenges many of you are facing with your spouse/partner in regards to stepparenting. I truly appreciate the feedback from all of you who commented and I hope you can still enjoy this somewhat short, somewhat whispery episode (my apologies for the low voice--listening at a higher volume should help!) As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you! Cheers! Find more of my stepmom articles at The Pondering Nook & I, Stepmother.
19:30
March 17, 2020
"Our Mistakes"
This week I discuss feedback from stepmoms about what they feel has been their biggest mistake or mistakes on their stepparenting journey and how they learned from those mistakes. The goal of this episode is to help other stepmoms who are perhaps new to this role by sharing the struggles and lessons which so many of us have gone through. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
31:36
March 10, 2020
"Who Do You Turn To?"
In this episode, I explore who my fellow stepmoms turn to in their time of need. Do they have friends who are also stepmoms? Do they go to counseling? Do they join support groups online? I share great feedback from real stepmoms who describe who they have in their lives for support and how they deal with the daily stress of step-parenting. Join me!  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you! Cheers!
22:16
March 03, 2020
"Dissecting The Drama"
In this episode, I discuss "ex-drama." I go over some stories and experiences from stepmoms who are dealing with or who have dealt with high-conflict exes. I go over their feedback and also discuss how many stepmoms have worked through some of the toughest issues and moved on to a better relationship with the biological mom.  Please join me as I try to dissect the drama and figure out the key to a more productive blended family life.  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
26:39
February 25, 2020
"Positive Thoughts"
This week I go over feedback from stepmoms about how they feel they've been a positive influence on their stepchild or stepchildren. The comments are heartwarming, powerful, and a true testament to how stepmoms are changing lives and impacting children in a wonderful way. Please tune in to be inspired by these stories!  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
21:18
February 11, 2020
"Is That Your Child?"
In this episode, I discuss what it's like to be a "childless stepmom." I go over the feedback from stepmoms who share their intimate stories about how the journey of being a stepmom while not having biological children has affected them. The responses are emotional, informative, and eye-opening to say the least. Join the raw and honest discussion. xox  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
32:12
February 04, 2020
"Juggling Acts"
This week I discuss the topic of being BOTH a mom and a stepmom at the same time and which role is more difficult. The overwhelming responses definitely tipped in one main direction with more fantastic feedback from real moms and stepmoms who are living the journey. Tune in to hear the responses and for the discussion of the topic. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
24:47
January 28, 2020
"The 'Ours' Baby"
This week I discuss what it's like to have an "ours" baby while also being a stepmom. I discuss real experiences from moms and stepmoms to learn how they reacted and dealt with this very intense blended family dynamic. Tune in for some absolutely relatable experiences such as dealing with sibling jealousy, boundaries, and (step)mom guilt. Gain some helpful advice from women who have BEEN there, who ARE there, and who are LIVING the journey! As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you! Cheers!
26:06
January 14, 2020
"When Does Step-parenting End?"
This week we have a reader/listener requested topic about step-parenting adult stepchildren. I discuss how we sometimes think when kids turn 18 many of our stresses or problems will be over but that is simply not the case. I discuss experiences from other stepmoms who have adult stepchildren and talk about my own worries about when my stepchild becomes an adult. At the end of the segment, I read a fabulous excerpt from an article called, "What my (step)son’s mother said to me at his wedding" by Anna Breslin. It tells the inspiring story of a stepmom's journey to her stepson's wedding and the unexpected experience she had there.  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
18:57
January 07, 2020
"Blended Family Homes for The Holidays"
How does the holiday season work in your blended family situation? Do you stress out over visitation schedules, co-parenting dramas, or struggle to create new traditions with your children and/or step-children? In this episode, I share experiences from stepmoms and moms about how they maneuver their way through the often chaotic weeks of the holiday season.  Join me!  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
18:31
December 17, 2019
"Step-parenting Teenagers"
In this episode, I discuss being a stepmom to teenagers. I go over feedback from my listeners as to how their own experiences with step-parenting teens are going -- plus we talk about how technology and cell phones are affecting the blended family dynamics. I offer up advice on how we can better manage our own behavior when our emotions are put to the limits with teenage and co-parenting challenges. Join me for this relatable discussion and feel free to share with a brave stepmom you know! As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
23:55
December 10, 2019
"Advice for The New Stepmom"
In this week's episode, I go over vital advice for new stepmoms given to me by seasoned stepmoms who have been there. I also talk about my own personal mistakes and lessons as a new stepmom back in the day while offering up my own advice. At the end of the podcast, I go over 5 points from my article, 5 Essential Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Stepmom.  I really hope this helps some beautiful stepmoms out there and thank you so much for tuning in! As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
24:51
December 03, 2019
"Trial by Fire"
Do you feel supported by your spouse in your blended family dynamic? This week on The Pondering Podcast, I discuss the challenges of maintaining a relationship while also navigating parenting & step-parenting. As always, I share the phenomenal feedback from real women who are in the trenches of blended family dynamics as well as sharing my own personal experiences. Tune in!  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
24:27
November 19, 2019
"No One Ever Dreams of Becoming a Stepmom."
In this episode, I discuss how having a stepparent as a child influenced how you navigate your current role as a stepparent. Included are some wonderful reader responses on the topic as well as my own personal experiences. I also go over modern perceptions of the "wicked stepmother" idea and how that has changed in our society.  As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
22:52
November 12, 2019
"You Have The Power."
In this episode, I discuss the relationships between stepmoms and biological moms. I go over feedback from real stepmoms who are dealing with varying challenges in trying to co-parent with their stepchildren's biological mothers and ways in which we can try to cope with the issues that arise. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
30:06
November 05, 2019
"Stepmoms Are Like A Glue..."
In this first full episode of The Pondering Podcast, I delve into some of the biggest challenges stepmoms face in their daily lives such as co-parenting, biological moms, full-time stepmom challenges, finding balance parenting both stepchildren and biological children in the home... plus more. While discussing feedback from real stepmoms, I go over ways we can all move forward in a productive way and how the dynamic role of a strong stepmom is really the glue that holds the blended family together. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can also support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast with a small monthly donation HERE to keep the episodes coming! Thank you!
18:48
October 28, 2019