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Being in a blended family can be a balancing act. You have the authority of a parental figure, but you don’t want to step on anyone’s toes. For some, this potentially sticky situation comes easily. For others, it’s an ongoing struggle.
According to the Pew Research Center, 16 percent of children in the United States live in a household with at least one stepfamily member. You can rest assured that the issues you face as a stepmom are not unique to you.
We’ve rounded up some of the best stepmom blogs of 2016. These blogs are a great place to turn to for support and humor when the going gets tough.
“Smom” is short for stepmom, and this blog was created to support stepmoms everywhere. The blogger, Heather, has been married to her husband since 2007. Together, they share six children. Her blog is a place to go for encouragement and support. Her attitude is positive and uplifting, but she admits to struggling with many of the common concerns of a blended family. We like that she shares the stories of other stepmoms, providing perspectives from a variety of families.
Tweet her @CafeSmom
The Childless Stepmom
Stepmothers without children of their own face unique challenges. They’re not only new to being a stepparent, but they’re new to parenting entirely. The woman behind The Childless Stepmom has overcome numerous obstacles in life, including abusive relationships, and uses her blog to offer support to other people who are part of blended families, including children.
Diary of a Sassy Stepmom
Dee and Jay share five children between the two of them. They married in 2010 and welcomed their first child together one year later. This blog chronicles Dee’s family and personal life, including her recent struggles with endometriosis. We appreciate the honesty and humor that goes into this blog, and also love that Dee dedicates a whole section of it to the couple’s wedding and love story. Because any strong blended family begins with a strong foundation.
The Evil Stepmother Speaks
Barb Goldberg may call herself the “Evil Stepmother,” but as far as we can tell, she’s far from wicked. She was a single parent to one when she met her now-husband and his three children. She’s taken the lessons she’s learned about creating a blended family and turned them into teachable moments for stepparents everywhere. We enjoy the variety of topics she writes about, and the humor she uses in each post.
Donna Mott is BlenderMom, and her blog is a place that stepmoms can go to for inspiration and motivation. Because of her faith, many posts refer to her personal relationship with God, but her posts have an appeal for people of all faiths.
Tweet her @blendermom3
Filling Your Niche
Maarit Miller is both a mother and a stepmother. Both she and her husband, Dan, came into their marriage with daughters, born just a few months apart. Now, both girls are teenagers. The blog isn’t just about parenting, but some of our favorite posts are the simple and honest ones that illustrate the difficulties and immense rewards of raising children.
Life in a Blender
Valerie DeLoach already had two children of her own when she met her husband, who also had two. Combining the families came with challenges, and Valerie started this blog as a way to connect with other stepmoms facing a similar situation. While she mixes in humor and lightheartedness, Valerie isn’t afraid to talk about the tougher issues, including custody, disappointments, and regrets.
Tweet her @valdeloach
Simplicity in the Suburbs
Samara is a mom to three and a stepmom to two, and she writes honestly about the challenges and the joys of having a blended family. Her blog is filled with tips and ideas, from what to do with the kids on a rainy day, to apps that can help you save a few pennies. She also features giveaways, and gives you the lowdown on the latest family-friendly movies.
Tweet her @samarapostuma
It’s not often you find advice on being a stepmom from a certified stepfamily coach. Jenna Korf has personal experience as a stepmother, and offers one on one coaching. You’ll find a ton of great information, reassurance, and support on her blog. She frequently discusses the mental and emotional struggles with adjusting to life as a stepmom, and is good at reminding readers that they are never alone.
StepMom Magazine’s Blog
On StepMom Magazine’s blog, you’ll find articles about parenting, of course, as well as marriage, friendship, and communication. Get advice on how to engage with your child’s other mom, build a strong connection with your stepkids, or how to deal with custody issues with your ex.
Tweet them @StepMomMagazine
Jess is confident, outspoken, and admits things haven’t always been easy, whether it’s been dealing with divorce, dating with kids, custody issues, and in-laws. But all of these things are what make her blog so relatable. It’s this honesty, as well as her humor, that make the community surrounding Totally Jessifiable and the Facebook page she manages, That’s Mrs. Stepmom to You, such a vibrant one.
Tweet her @totsjessifiable