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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karin Anderson Abrell

Blended Families Don't Always Blend So Smoothly

The blended family doesn’t always blend so smoothly. And the role of stepmother is a particularly dicey one. Fairy tales portray us as selfish, conniving, and evil. And perhaps that’s how our stepchildren perceive us—research shows stepfathers are more readily and warmly embraced by stepchildren when compared to stepmothers. Ouch! It’s tough position and one that, at times, challenges us in ways we may not have expected. This week on the podcast I talk to Kelly Palmquist @kelpalms about being a step mom who doesn’t have her own bio kids—but wants them. At times we feel very alone. But we CAN’T be. Because according to the US Census Bureau, 50% of women will, at some point in their lives, be involved in a stepfamily. Stepfamilies have become the new normal. Kelly tells her story and the strategies she shared in a recent article for Stepmom Magazine (@stepmom_magazine) We’d love to hear your thoughts! “Dr. Karin: Love & Life” is available wherever you listen to podcasts.

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