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.

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September 30, 2021 42 min
Nothing Is Off Limits!

In today's episode, I talk to Naja Hall, founder of Blended and Black and VIP Stepmom and host of the podcast, I Know I'm Crazy. Naja describes her life's work as being "to teach empathy, accountability, and emotional intelligence in order to serve individuals and families that are affected by some of life’s toughest transitions." I'd say she's succeeded. She serves stepmoms with a...

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A Supersized Episode You Do NOT Want To Miss

I was thrilled to talk with Dr. Patricia Papernow in this episode. Dr. Papernow is one of the top experts in the world working with blended families and if you attended The Stepmom Summit last month, you heard some amazing advice from her. If you missed it,  don’t worry - you can still get access to her talk and all of the content from the three day event HERE.

Dr. Papernow has taught ab...

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August 19, 2021 34 min
Let's Get Real! 

Being a stepmom can be so hard - and sometimes you want someone to break it down and give you the tough love. The real advice with no sugarcoating. That person is Maarit Miller and in today's episode, we talk to her about all the tough things. The issues like high-conflict relationships, parental alienation, and more. And she's got some great advice for anyone who's struggling. 

You Can Find Maarit:...

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Learning How To Step Back

Figuring out when it's time to take a step back and learning how to do it is no joke for stepmoms. And today's guest, Dr. Erin Careless, is going to tell you how to do it in a way that helps both you and your stepfamily. 

Dr. Careless, a self-described recovering people-pleaser, has a PhD in adult education focusing on stepmothering, is a Certified Stepfamily Coach, and the owner of Steplife: Stepm...

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Being a BOLD Stepmom

Today's guest is Jessica Frew. She is a wife, ex-wife, mom, stepmom, and BOLD action taker. She has a successful podcast called “Husband in Law” that she records with her husband, Matt, and her ex-husband, Steve. Together they share their stories of love, marriage, coming out, divorce, remarriage, and co-parenting to help others know they are not alone.

Jessica is also a speaker at our upcoming Stepmom Summ...

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This episode is fit for a queen!

In this episode, we talk to Brittany Lynch, the founder & CEO of Stepqueen and the host of top-ranked relationship podcast: Queen of your Castle. Brittany helps stepmoms from around the world to release the jealousy, resentment, anger, and insecurity that come with stepfamily life.

With nearly a decade of experience as a Registered Nurse, a post-degree certification in Stepfamily Counselling ...

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If you're dealing with a high conflict situation, you NEED this episode!

In this episode, Megan Hunter, co-founder of the High Conflict Institute and Conflict Playbook, talks to us about why there's more to high-conflict personalities than meets the eye. And how you, as a stepmom, can deal with them.

Megan, along with author and speaker, Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. developed the high-conflict personality theory. She foundedthe In...

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From Beauty Queen To Stepmom Coach . . .

Welcome to Supersized August! Where you'll get TWO episodes a week in the leadup to The Stepmom Summit August 26 – 28th.

I mentioned the summit to you last week, but I cofounded it with Beth McDonough of The Inclusive Stepmom and we have got an incredible lineup of 23 the world’s top experts on all issues affecting stepmoms. High conflict exes, self-care, boundaries, outsider syndrome...

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Navigating The Teen Years

It's been a hot minute since we had a guest and we have got a great one for you in this episode! We will be talking all about how to make it through the teen years and how you can support the teens in your life.

Dr. Courtney Conley is an author, therapist, parent coach, and author who specializes in working with adolescents. Courtney’s passion stems from her own emotional turmoil during her teenage yea...

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Yes, There IS A Formula To Love Your Blended Family Life

Do you ever wish there was a formula for being a stepmom? Steps you could follow that would help you succeed? Guess what? There is! And that’s what we are talking about today in this bonus episode!

When I became a stepmom, I looked for the right resources. But nothing out there really spoke to my personal situation. 

So I started doing research. And learning. And realizing I ...

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"Boundaries" Is Not A Bad Word

Have you heard the term boundaries before? I hadn’t before I became a stepmom. But over the years, I’ve realized how important they are to my health – and to my family. And that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Have you heard the term boundaries before? I hadn’t before I became a stepmom. But over the years, I’ve realized how important they are to my health – and to my family. And that’...

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Stepmom Imposter Syndrome: 5 Quick Tips To Stop Feeling Like A Fraud

It's easy for "imposter syndrome" to creep into stepmom life. That feeling that you are in no way qualified to be doing this. That you don't know what you're doing. That you're not a "real" parent. Every stepmom experiences this at one time or another. The good news is that there are a few ways you can battle feeling like a fraud an...

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Parental Alienation Affects Stepmoms, Too.

Parental Alienation is one of the hardest issues that faces blended families. And not only can it have an impact on you as a stepmom, but it can be really hard to know how you should deal with it.

In this episode, we'll talk through parental alienation and how you can deal with it, both as a stepmom and as a spouse.

Resources Mentions In This Episode:

The BLENDED Family Formula Course ...

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Facing The Assumptions WE Make

There are lots of assumptions out there about stepmoms. And let's face it, most of them are negative. But that's not what we're talking about in this episode. 

We're going to think about the assumptions that we as stepmoms make about others. And how we can "flip the script" to try to turn those assumptions on their heads.

Resources Mentions In This Episode:

The BLENDED Family F...

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May 28, 2021 23 min
It's hard to deal with stepkids who don't like you.

Or who aren't nice to you. Or some combination of the two. The good news is that there are some things you can do to release the stress that kind of situation causes you. And that's what this episode is all about.

Resources Discussed In This Episode:

My piece on Five Ways To Bond With Your Stepchildren

My in-depth, and FREE, Guide To Bonding With Your Stepchildren ...

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It's Okay To Ask For Help - And Here's How

As a stepmom, you may feel like you should know how to do this job. No, girl, no. There are so many different and unique challenges that every stepmom deals with. It is totally okay to need help. And you should feel comfortable asking for it!

But where do you look for good advice or tools to help you deal with all the things? In this episode, I'm going to walk you through all k...

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Get Control Back - IF You Want It!

Hey stepmom, how often do you feel like you have no control over your life?

Like everything in your life is dictated either by your spouse’s ex or by the stepkids and their schedules. Today we’re going to talk about how to get control back – and whether that’s actually a good idea. You might be surprised by the discussion.

And I'll give you five steps to take to decide if you actually want con...

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Mother's Day Can Be Awkward For Stepmoms

Mother's Day can make stepmoms feel "less than," insecure, like an imposter, or just plain old sad. The good news? Whatever emotions you're feeling as the holiday approaches are totally normal. In this episode, we're going to talk about why it's such a weird holiday for stepmoms and I'm going to give you some ways to cope with it. 

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April 28, 2021 20 min
What to do when you're feeling out of control

Have you ever felt like you’ve had one of those weeks, or months – or heck, years where nothing seems to go right and you just feel -off-? Or when you wake up, you feel like there's an overwhelming weight bearing down on you and you can't get control of your stepmom life? 

You're not alone. Stepmom life can be overwhelming - and that's before all the pressure we put ...

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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. 

Resources Mentioned In The Episode:

  • The BLENDED Family Formula For Stepmom Success: This i...
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