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The Stepfamily Foundation, Inc., provides counseling for the stepfamily / blended family, divorce counseling, remarriage counseling and stepfamily certification seminars. The Stepfamily Foundation Inc., headquartered in New York City, is a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1975. We provide counseling in person and on the telephone worldwide. As an educational institution chartered by the State of New York the Stepfamily Foundation provides Certification Seminars for professio ...
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Love them like your own, wear matching t-shirts, plan joyful joint holidays with your über civil co-parent, and you'll all live happily ever after. Stepfamily schmepfamily, we're just family! But for the rest of us mere mortals, the "Step" in Stepfamily should not -- and usually *cannot* -- be ignored. This podcast will help you adapt to, understand, and embrace your new family paradigm, one phase at a time. Regardless of whether you're widowed, a divorced dad, a single mom, a married stepmo ...
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Life certainly has it's ups and downs. How you deal with those challenges is what can make you or break your relationships. Stepfamily Lifestyle Series offers personal growth and development strategies in areas concerning blended family and remarriage. Claudette Chenevert, known as the Stepmom coach provides help, advice and guidance for those seeking to improve their relationships, one STEP at a Time. Get your FREE e-book "Words of Hope, Inspiration and Wisdom for Stepmoms" at http://www.st ...
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How can you want sex again once it's become difficult, stressful, anxiety producing, and disappointing? Today's guest has all the answers. Jessa Zimmerman is a certified sex therapist with a private practice in Seattle. She works with couples to take the stress out of sex and navigate desire discrepancy. Jessa founded Intimacy with Ease, and create…
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How many times in your life have you been told that you are so strong? How many times in your life have you put on a smile and pretended you were fine, when really, your inner world was filled with chaos and grief? Special guest Ashley Bernardi, author of the transformational book, Authentic Power: Give Yourself Permission To Feel, takes us through…
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One of the biggest issues many stepmoms of young stepkids face is navigating the bedtime struggle. Different rules by each parent can almost guarantee a sleep disruption when kids transition back and forth between their homes. Guilt and a sense of missing out on parenting time can create the urge to keep kids up late in order to spend more time wit…
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The Uplifted Stepmom FREE 3-Part Workshop Series Is NOW OPEN! Tap here to register: https://stepqueen.lpages.co/upliftedstepmom/ It's totally free for a limited time only, you can join right from your phone, and the live workshops will be recorded for replay if you're unable to attend live. -- How do you blend a stepfamily? The question in itself m…
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The transformations these stepmoms have gone through in such a short period of time have been SO impressive, that I've invited them to come share their secrets with you. In this episode you'll discover what these four amazing stepmoms have learned from, grown through, and overcome to create their own Happily Ever After. Tune into this heartwarming …
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Mark your calendars! The Uplifted Stepmom 3-Part Series is BACK! Starting Feb 24, 2022, you'll learn the 5 STEPS any stepmom can take to peacefully blend your stepfamily. On today's episode, we're joined by one of our Stepmom Story members who courageously shares her stepmom story. I think most stepmoms would agree that, at some point or another, t…
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Mark your calendars! The next Uplifted Stepmom 3-Part Workshop Series is starting February 24, 2022! If we, as stepmoms are going to change the narrative around stepmoms being evil, then we need to know exactly what is it that makes a wicked stepmom, wicked? Join your host, Stepfamily Counsellor Brittany Lynch, BScN, as she explores the questions m…
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Mark your calendars! The 3-Part Uplifted Stepmom Workshop Series is kicking off on February 24, 2022! We've all heard it. The fairytale folklore about the wicked stepmom who marries the widowed father and ruins the lives of her stepchildren. As a stepmom, this narrative can be particularly troubling... so troubling in fact that an entire subset of …
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Mark your calendar! Next Uplifted Challenge is kicking off February 24, 2022! "The kids are awful. Their other parent is a terrible nightmare who never does anything right. My spouse is incompetent when it comes to parenting, so I need to step in and rescue them all the time otherwise nothing will get done..." My life as a stepmom sucks and sometim…
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Dr. L. Carol Scott has a dream: to change for the better the way we treat each other. Through what she calls the Wisdom of Childhood, you can finally understand what makes people ‘tick!’ Seven Self-Aware Success Strategies—your SASS—manifest that wisdom in your life today. Lesson #1: However you define your success, it begins with you treating your…
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Everyone has something in their lives that they’d like to improve, whether that’s managing stress more effectively, developing healthier relationships, building more confidence—the list can be endless. The problem is often finding the time to address these issues and then, having done that, knowing the right tools and techniques to use to integrate…
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Welcome to the second episode in the Behind The Curtain series, where from now until the end of the year, we’ll be letting you in on what it’s like to be a part of the Stepqueen inner circle. If you think this podcast has changed your life, being on the inner circle is a whole other level! Each episode we release from now until 2022 will feature so…
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Welcome to the first episode in the Behind The Curtain series, where from now until the end of the year, we’ll be letting you in on what it’s like to be a part of the Stepqueen inner circle. If you think this podcast has changed your life, being on the inner circle is a whole other level! Each episode we release from now until 2022 will feature som…
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As we head into the holiday season, the inevitable swath of calorie-shaming memes, diet propaganda, and weight loss scams are heading our way. This week's special guest, Erica Mather, has a powerful and profound message to share with us. In this episode, you'll hear: The truth about dieting, and why it is "violent" in our society today How to devel…
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From Humbug to Happy: Holiday Help for Stepmoms Registration is now open! Tap here to register! This week's guest, Cameron Normand, has lived through a stepmom's worst nightmare... One of her stepchildren called the police on her. Tune in to find out: The big mistakes she and her new husband made when trying to blend their stepfamily The risks invo…
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Special guest Beth McDonough of The Inclusive Stepmom joins us this week for a juicy episode! Tune in to discover... How Beth's upbringing in complicated stepfamily dynamics shaped her as a stepmom Beth's own experience with parental alienation as a child and teenager How she was able to transition from a high-conflict parallel parenting situation …
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If you're a regular listener or dedicated follower, then you've probably noticed that your host has been on a bit of a hiatus! This week, Stepfamily Counsellor Brittany Lynch BScN, founder of Stepqueen, and host of your favourite stepmom podcast, is BACK! (Finally!) And BOY does she have a story for you! This week, find out: Why she had to have an …
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There's the stepmom who struggled with major jealousy anytime she had to share her partner with her stepkids... There's the stepmom who struggled with feeling unseen and unappreciated in her home, living with the nagging fear that her fiancé would leave her... There's the stepmom who felt like an awkward "fish out of water" when it came to connecti…
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It's that time again! The UPLIFTED STEPMOM FREE 3-part live, online workshop series is kicking off on August 12! To get registered, head to: https://stepqueen.lpages.co/upliftedstepmom/ In today's episode, Certified Stepfamily Counsellor Brittany Lynch, BScN, aka The Stepqueen, runs you through her top 7 indicators that a stepmom needs support soon…
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In this Case Study Of The Week, another community member from the Stepmom Story shares her journey as a stepmom throughout the last TWELVE YEARS! Krista Confer opens up about the darkest period of her stepmom experience, and shares vulnerably about how court and communication breakdowns changed the family coparenting dynamic -- and how she's learne…
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*ENROLMENT FOR THE BLENDED FAMILY BLUEPRINT IS NOW OPEN! In this free 5-Day Challenge, define exactly what happily ever after means to YOU, and come up with a plan to make it happen! Head to https://stepqueen.lpages.co/blended-family-blueprint-registration/ to enrol FOR FREE, right now!* Has there ever been a time along your stepmom journey where y…
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*ENROLMENT FOR THE BLENDED FAMILY BLUEPRINT IS NOW OPEN! In this free 5-Day Challenge, define exactly what happily ever after means to YOU, and come up with a plan to make it happen! Head to https://stepqueen.lpages.co/blended-family-blueprint-registration/ to enrol FOR FREE, right now!* In this Case Study Of The Week, you'll meet someone whose (in…
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One of our favourite guests, Kristen Skiles, is back on the show to share her experience as a childless (or childfree!) stepmom. Join your host, Certified Stepfamily Counsellor Brittany Lynch, BScN, as she has a candid yet uplifting conversation with Kristen about the childfree stepmom role. In this episode, you'll discover: The HUGE advantage that…
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Do you feel like your stepfamily isn't exactly blending the way you'd hoped? Does your role as a stepmom feel thankless, or even exhausting at times? Do you have trouble navigating your stepfamily relationship dynamics? (Hellooo high conflict?!) If so, this episode is a GOODER! Grab a pen & paper, and make sure to take notes as Certified Stepfamily…
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Resentment in stepfamily relationships is one of the most common (and destructive) characteristics there is. The fact of the matter is that, resentment is the direct result of having unmet needs. In today's episode, Stepfamily Counsellor Brittany Lynch, BScN, shines a light on WHY stepmoms, specifically, have so much trouble getting their needs met…
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Being the second (or third) wife isn't for the faint at heart. But in an effort to make sure your relationship is safe, secure, unbreakable, are you making this big mistake? In today's episode, Stepfamily Counsellor Brittany Lynch, BScN, explores one of the biggest mistakes that stepmoms make when it comes to creating intimacy in their romantic par…
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If you're a stepmom who has ever felt like an outsider -- like your partner & the kids were "their family," and you just wished it felt like "our family" -- then this episode is for you. In today's show, Stepfamily Counsellor Brittany Lynch, BScN, explains WHY stepmoms feel like outsiders based on the defining characteristics of a stepfamily. Maybe…
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Something I hear stepmoms say ALL THE TIME is that they feel invisible. That no matter how much they do for other people, they're never appreciated. That all of their spouse's time seems to go to the kids, or the ex, and stepmom is left with the crumbs. In today's interview with Super-Confidence Coach & Super Stepmom, Martha Mok, we dig into how yo…
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Have you ever felt like your step/kids are just really, really hard to understand, or get along with? Do you feel like you're oil and water? Or maybe, have you ever felt like you wish you understood those kiddos just a little bit better, so that you could improve your bond even more? Guest expert Tracy Ko shares some incredible wisdom in this episo…
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In today's episode, Annette Maria shares her divine wisdom about why women experience burnout, and how you can avoid it. We discuss the energy that drives our need to do, and accomplish, and be productive, and why that is so devastating especially for women. It's no secret that stepmoms feel an urgency to DO IT ALL. If you're an over-doer, this epi…
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As a stepmom, you might often find yourself searching for advice, tips, and tricks to guide you toward peace and harmony in your stepfamily. This episode provides you with a much bigger-picture (and more effective) perspective that will allow you to overcome anything your stepfamily life throws your way. Why? Because whether you call yourself a ste…
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One of the more difficult areas of growth in a stepfamily involves getting to a place where you become able to separate the hurt from the person who hurt you. In other words? When emotions are high, and perceptions of betrayal, anger, sadness, grief, and loss are present, it can be really hard to see the human being underneath the pain you feel. Bu…
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Special guest Tammy J, also known as @_stepmomgoals_, shares her own stepmom story in this episode. From supporting her spouse through brain cancer, to going on dates that also included her stepson, Tammy and her spouse have always had an open, honest, tenacious relationship. Tune in to hear how, even though she had a low-conflict, highly-connected…
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It's no secret that I'm BIG on supporting women on this show. A lot of the issues I invite listeners to get to the root of are planted in social conditioning and what's considered right, wrong, good, and bad, based on socially accepted "norms." But did you know that men and boys are less likely than women and girls to seek help for, be diagnosed wi…
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Mommy Wine Culture is E V E R Y W H E R E. Between wine glasses labeled "Mommy Juice," or "Because Kids;" shirts that glamorize alcohol consumption with catchy lines like Wine-O-Clock or Wine-O-Saur, and seemingly harmless Happy-Hours where we gather with girlfriends over a cocktail, it's no wonder that more women than ever are drinking more than e…
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Grateful to our special guest @thecarmenbenton who speaks candidly and openly about her experience not just as a stepmom, but as a serial entrepreneur, corporate executive, mother to a child with special needs, and all around queen of her castle. Tune in to hear her take on real topics like bonding with your stepkids, unequal treatment of bio-kids …
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Many stepmoms have said to me over the years that they feel completely and totally stuck in their stepfamily lives sometimes. Between accommodating visitation schedules, tippy-toeing around ex-spouses, walking on eggshells around defensive partners, and the laundry list of other acrobat moves that most stepmoms make just to keep the peace, sometime…
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It's no secret that stepmoms have a lot of people's happiness to attempt to juggle. But it seems that, everywhere you turn, someone else is judging you for doing too much, too little, too lovingly, and not lovingly enough. In this short episode, discover one simple shift you can make TODAY that will relieve you of some of the pressure of everyone e…
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[Create more stepfamily harmony without walking on eggshells or biting your tongue to keep the peace. Head to www.peacelovestepmom.com and get instant access FOR FREE.] Hey there Stepmom! In today's super vulnerable episode, your host, Brittany Lynch, reflects on her "early days" as a stepmom. Discover these three ways to tell if you're growing as …
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If, 7 years ago, you would have shown me a video of a day in my life now, I wouldn't have believed you. I used to be the most miserable stepmom on the planet, I swear. In this episode, you'll learn The real reason that most stepmoms don't make any progress when they try to tackle stepfamily issues The power of understanding the common stepmom exper…
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Once upon a time, I believed that the secret to my happiness as a stepmom was found in a book, blog post, or podcast episode that I just hadn't stumbled across yet. But recently, I realized that I wasn't the only stepmom making this mistake when I was trying to blend my family. In fact, chances are pretty good that if you find yourself searching fo…
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In today's episode, discover the truth about using venting as a strategy to navigate stepfamily problems. You'll learn: The main difference between venting and complaining Why people feel the need to vent in the first place How to actually create solutions for your stepfamily problems so that you don't have anything to vent about Follow me on Insta…
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What do astrology, shadow work, authenticity, core purpose, vulnerability, sobriety, and stepmoms have in common? In this spunky and off-the-cuff episode with special guest Sacha Van G @sacha.enlivened, we allow our conversation to take us on an unscripted and raw journey of passion. Sacha helps multipassionate women refine their CORE PURPOSE BLUEP…
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How can any stepmom create more peace, more health, more happiness, less stress, and better relationships in her stepfamily in only two minutes per day? (Yes, literally two minutes.) In today's episode, you'll explore the direct and indirect benefits of adapting this super-accessible daily practice. You'll also discover how you can incorporate it i…
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The infamous dumpster fire year 2020. Every life on the planet has been, in some way, affected by the events of this past year. But for this stepmom, 2020 proved to be one of the most transformative years of her life. In today's episode, discover what it means to Come Home To Yourself, and lean into an invitation to reflect on the ways 2020 may hav…
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Enjoy today's episode with special guest Amanda Becker of @wildwayhealing as she discusses what exactly Inner-Child Healing is, and how healing your Inner-Child can allow you to gain more intimacy in your stepfamily relationships. Follow host Brittany on Instagram @thestepqueen Enrol in Peace Love Stepmom for free! Visit www.peacelovestepmom.com Th…
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Jeannette Lofas, Ph.D, LCSW is President and Founder of Stepfamily Foundation, Inc. She has been managing stepfamilies for thirty years. In 1995 Lofas received a presidential award for her work. Research reports that she has an 84% success rate. A stepchild and stepmother herself, she is considered to be the leading authority on stepfamilies. Dr. L…
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Kristen Skiles, founder of Stepmomming.com, shares her story about how she overcame her insecurities as second-wife, and how she stepped into her stepmom role as a thriving, authentic, and vulnerable woman. To connect with Kristen: https://www.facebook.com/stepmomming https://www.instagram.com/stepmomming & search the Stepmomz App! This podcast use…
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Mr. Stepqueen himself is a guest-star on today's episode! Hear his take on a handful of listener-submitted questions including: How can I make my husband understand that when I married him, I didn't automatically develop a deep, strong connection with his children? What was an unexpected thing you learned you had to do or change to support your wif…
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Ah, the Nuclear Family. Traditional family. First family. Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. They have 2.2 kids and live happily ever after. Where, oh where, did this ideal come from? And maybe more importantly, how is this golden standard of Nuclear Family affecting the dynamics in your stepfamily? Is it possible for stepfamilies to be as happy as …
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