2 Bedrooms, 2 Bosses. It Just Bites.

Imagine, if you will, that you work in an office where as part of the normal workflow you must work every other week at a different location. You pack up all your stuff – you might even need to put it in a large briefcase on wheels – and go to another desk in anotherContinue reading “2 Bedrooms, 2 Bosses. It Just Bites.”

We Should Think More About Things That Don’t Matter

Why is it so hard to keep our priorities straight? We think we’re focused on what matters, but in an instant, the universe can show us that we had it all wrong. We know what’s really important, but we insist on building other things up to be important as if we need to be surroundedContinue reading “We Should Think More About Things That Don’t Matter”

Yes, you can de-stress in just 2 minutes, and there’s no better time to learn how!

Suddenly, you find yourself being the teacher, babysitter, and all around domestic goddess of “pandemic-quarantine central”. No playdates, no playgrounds, no activities and no rest for you. You need to become a ninja of self-care! Your mental health is more important to how your kids get through this time (and how your marriage thrives throughContinue reading “Yes, you can de-stress in just 2 minutes, and there’s no better time to learn how!”

Step-Parent S.O.S: Find Your Phone Buddy!

This might be the most important thing you read today. #Wouldn’t it be nice to talk to someone who understands what you are going through in your stepfamily day-to-day? It would be so great to feel like you’re not alone, like some of this cray-cray might actually be normal… There’s someone out there who feelsContinue reading “Step-Parent S.O.S: Find Your Phone Buddy!”

Start Thinking Smaller.

It’s not just the antidote to overwhelm, it’s the answer to most of your stepmom problems. There are only two reactions to overwhelm. You either become paralyzed or you spin your wheels. If you’re one of those people who find that being overwhelmed makes you more productive, it’s not really overwhelm, it’s more like challenge.Continue reading “Start Thinking Smaller.”

3 Common Misconceptions About Parental Alienation

This is the situation divorced parents fear more than any other (OK, maybe next to child support payments that empty your bank account!). If you are determined to put the needs of your kids first, it’s very hard to see them being held hostage by your angry ex. It feels like a really helpless, hopeless predicament but it’sContinue reading “3 Common Misconceptions About Parental Alienation”

The cure for picky eating [and BONUS: The cure for ANGST over picky eating!].

Summary CLICK BELOW to join my 4 day livestream video challenge from Monday March 9 to Thursday March 12, 2020. You can watch live, on replay or listen in audio only mode and download the tips and recipes too! bit.ly/stepmomtricks The book I mentioned is The Collapse of Parenting by Leonard Sax. Please come onContinue reading “The cure for picky eating [and BONUS: The cure for ANGST over picky eating!].”

Confessions of a people-pleasing stepmom [and the 3 stages of a recovery-in-progress]

Summary What can I say? It’s true, I’m a work in progress. Brene Brown’s audio-book The Power of Vulnerability is available from her website, http://www.brenebrown.com Visit my website at http://www.essentialstepmom.com Join the Facebook group, The Spectacular Stepmom We have a group for your spouse called One For The Dads too! Got my free guide yet?Continue reading “Confessions of a people-pleasing stepmom [and the 3 stages of a recovery-in-progress]”

ESP 2.17 Stop the “Stepmom Spiral”: 3 ways to conquer the habit pattern of negative thinking.

Summary Want my free gratitude journal template? Grab it here: bit.ly/123gratitude I love to hear from you – really, it just makes my day every time. You can find me at my personal email, info@essentialstepmom.com. If you’d like to chat, I encourage you to book a free 20-minute strategy session: BOOK A CALL WITH TRACYContinue reading “ESP 2.17 Stop the “Stepmom Spiral”: 3 ways to conquer the habit pattern of negative thinking.”