The Stepmom Diaries Podcast

The Stepmom Diaries Podcast

The Stepmom Diaries podcast, hosted by Cameron Normand of This Custom Life, focuses on all things stepmom-related. As a second wife, stepmom to four kids, and successful businesswoman, Cameron Normand keeps it real with conversations about blended families, relationships, personal development, and much more. With her expert advice and down-home discussions, Cameron will inspire you to live into your best blended family life.

Episodes

April 22, 2021 25 min
Stepmom Outsider Syndrome Is Real.

But the good news is, you can do something about it. In this episode, we'll talk all about how to deal with feeling like an outsider in your own family. And I'll give you five great tips you can implement RIGHT NOW to feel more like you fit in - and to learn how to take a step back when you need to. 

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  • The BLENDED Family Formula For Stepmom Success: This i...
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    Do You Have A Stepmom Anchor Statement?

    When you were getting serious with your partner, you probably discussed some of the logistics of what blending your families would look like. Whether you would attend sporting events or pick kids up from school. But did you discuss your role at a deeper level? Did you think about your stepmom purpose? Your "why"? 

    Obviously the "why" starts with you falling in love with your s...

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    "Even When Stepfamily Life Is Good, It's Complicated."

    That's the tagline of StepMom Magazine and our guest in this episode is Brenda Ockun, its Founder & Publisher. Stepmom Magazine is the how-to guide for any woman who dates, lives with, or is married to someone who has kids.

    Written by licensed therapists, published authors, and stepfamily experts, StepMom Magazine is a monthly, online publication in its 11th...

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    One of the most common challenges for stepmoms is how to relate to their stepchildren's biological mom, or "biomom" in stepmom speak. Especially if it’s a high conflict situation. 

    When you started dating and then settled down with someone with kids, you probably didn’t expect that so many aspects of your life would be controlled by someone outside of your marriage or your immediate family. Someone who might not like yo...

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    In this episode, we’re going to talk about new year’s resolutions. Why I stopped setting them this year, and what I did instead. And that it's not too late for you to try it, too. 

    I also give you a hint about some SUPER exciting things coming your way this year. For a free sneak peek, sign up HERE!

    You can find the show notes (and other goodies) at www.thiscustomlife.com/episode11

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    December 17, 2020 28 min
    Why You Need Mindfulness Now And How To Get It

    Our guest today is Magriet Steyn and she's talking all about how to clear your mind and change your outlook through mindfulness.

    Stepmom life can be rough - on a daily basis sometimes. And it's all too easy to "catastrophize." (Don't know what that term is? Neither did I before today's talk!)

    Magriet helps guide stepmoms to a more peaceful outlook and positive m...

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    December 10, 2020 27 min
    Forgive and Forget - not as easy as it sounds!

    In our last episode, we talked about gratitude and being intentional about things you’re thankful for. Forgiveness goes hand in hand with gratitude, believe it or not, and that’s what we’re talking about today.

    Forgiving someone is hard. Really hard. In this episode, I'll give you four steps to take so you can both ask for and grant forgiveness in your daily life.

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    November 26, 2020 19 min

    Did you know that gratitude is more than just being thankful? It's about forgiveness, too. And the two go hand in hand in helping you build a positive frame of mind. This is the first of a two-part series about gratitude and forgiveness and how they relate to your stepmom life.

    In today's episode, we'll talk about five ways you can reset your outlook by looking for more ways to be grateful in your daily life. 

    You can f...

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    November 19, 2020 29 min

    Can you imagine falling in love with someone who has a child and then moving from your big city home to the same small town they and their ex have lived in for years and years? Add in all the challenges around being in an LGBTQ+ blended family and you'll have the journey of today's guest.

     

    We talk about all of that and more with Beth McDonough, owner of The Inclusive Stepmom, as well as CMO and Editor-in-Chief of Stepm...

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    November 12, 2020 22 min

    In this episode, we talk all about how you can make your relationship a priority. 

    Especially during these crazy times, it's easy to let your relationship take a back seat to all of the day to day responsibilities you've got. Especially in the complicated dynamics found in blended families. 

    But the good news is, you can get back on track. And I'll show you how. (spoiler alert: it will take some work and some intentiona...

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    We're so delighted to welcome Kristen Skiles as our guest in this episode. She is a Certified Stepparent Coach and founder of stepmomming.com, where she works to show stepmoms around the world that stepmomming is what they do and not who they are, encouraging them to embrace their unique roles and truly love their lives.  

    In this episode, we'll tackle all the things. From her unique stepmom history (her husband's ex is...

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    We hear a lot about self-care these days. But what about stepmom self-care? It’s just as important for stepmoms, if not more, than for anyone else.

     

    In this episode, we’ll talk about why stepmoms need to take care of themselves and how you can get started.

     

    We’ve also got a free self-care assessment for you. It only takes about five minutes to complete and will help you identify the areas of your life that are causing you stress...

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    Today is all about the expectations versus the reality of being a stepmom. No matter what you thought life would be like when you married someone with kids, the reality probably looks a lot different.

    Today we’ll talk all about that difference. How it impacts your life as a stepmom, how you can let go of your expectations, and how you can embrace your reality. 

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    How often have you been talking to a friend, family member, or coworker and they've made some offhand comment about being a stepmom. And you know it wasn’t intentionally offensive, but it still made you cringe. And you’ve kicked yourself for not having a good response.

     

    Get ready. We’re going to tackle some of those awkward moments today and I’m going to make sure you are armed with the perfect response the next time it happen...

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    October 14, 2020 19 min

    Welcome to Episode 1 of The Stepmom Diaries!  Being a stepmom comes with all kinds of feelings and emotions. And you are not alone. 

     

    No matter what your emotions may be in the moment, we'll talk about how you can respond to them. 

     

    Once you can acknowledge and embrace your feelings, you'll be able to tackle your challenges.

     

    Give yourself some grace. And show yourself some kindness. Your needs are just as important as y...

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