Laura Petherbridge Articles

Discouraged as a Stepmom? Take a Look at What You’ve Done Right

A few years ago, my husband and I attended his son's 40th birthday party. It's hard to believe he was only 11 when...
Fearlessly Navigating Father’s Day in Your Blended Family

Fearlessly Navigating Father’s Day in Your Blended Family

"My husband never even gets a call or a card from his kids on Father's Day," the stepmom shared. "He tries to pretend it doesn't matter, but I know it hurts him. I get so angry with them, but there isn't much I can do about it."I wish I could say this is a rare...

Choosing  Faith Over Fear in Your Stepfamily

Choosing Faith Over Fear in Your Stepfamily

"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." ―Corrie ten BoomDid you ever notice that when angels show up in the Bible, people get really scared?Poor Mary. She was shaking in her, uh, sandals when Gabriel showed up with baby news. Wouldn't you...

Holy Help for Handling the Holidays as a Blended Family

Holy Help for Handling the Holidays as a Blended Family

"My mom refuses to treat my stepchildren the same as her grandchildren," the dad attending my stepfamily event lamented. "My wife is hurt and furious, and I don't blame her. I'm caught in the middle between my parents and my spouse. I'm starting to dread the entire...

Healing Holiday Help for Stepmoms

Healing Holiday Help for Stepmoms

"I feel bad for my kids and stepkids during the holidays," Amber, a stepmom, explained. "They are shuffled between homes, unfamiliar traditions and stepfamily members. I can tell it's stressful for them. I wish there was something I could do to make it easier."Amber...

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