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.


December 8, 2022 31 min

Today's episode features author Jo Dodd talking about her journey to kids book author and her most recent book, "Dear Mama Bear With The F*ed Up Hair." She's got some great lessons about family and why you don't have to hold it together all the time. And her book is perfect for moms and stepmoms who are struggling to hold it all together.

About Jo

Jo Dodd is an author, coach and mom of four. In 2020, after a 6-...

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It's our FIFTIETH episode, can you believe it?!? And it's a goodie - I'm talking to one of my OG business besties about mom life, the hot mess express, and rage rooms.

My guest is Nikki Oden, a lawyer and mom coach who teaches working moms how to battle burnout, own their days, and lose the mom guilt. She is the founder of Your Ideal Mom Life® and host of the Love Your Mom Life podcast. Nikki’s work has been featured in...

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The holidays are approaching and I don't know about you, but I'm already tired. Stepmom life is exhausting on a good day and it can be hard to figure out how to feel restored. That's exactly what we're talking about in this episode.

I'm talking to Nancy Colier, author of The Emotionally Exhausted Woman: Why You're Feeling Depleted And How To Get What You Need.

Nancy tells us what the $14 billion self-care in...

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Ever wondered if stepdads face the same challenges as stepmoms? Well, we find out in this episode, when we chat with Franco Zavala, also known as the "Professional Stepdad." 

Franco is an actor, host of The Professional Stepdad Podcast and YouTube Show, 60-second storyteller, and stepfather of five, who loves sharing wisdom, insight, and anecdotes about fatherhood. Driven by his passion to affect real change, Franco is on a...

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We're back and in this episode, we're talking about why it's been a tough fall this year. And I'm opening up about the recent death of my beloved dog, Charlie. Why it's so hard to lose our fur-babies - and the surprising lessons he taught me about stepfamily life and relating to my stepchildren.

If you enjoy The Stepmom Diaries, would you head over to iTunes or wherever you listen and leave me a review? It will ...

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Part TWO of TWO Episodes With Dr. Papernow!

This episode is the second installment featuring Stepfamily Magazine's Clinical & Research Advisor and Advisory Board member, AND Stepmom Summit keynote speaker, Dr. Patricia Papernow.

We started talking and there was so much to cover, it took two episodes!

About Dr. Papernow

Dr. Patricia Papernow is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on “blended families.” S...

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Part ONE of TWO Episodes With Dr. Papernow! 

This episode is the first of two featuring Stepfamily Magazine's Clinical & Research Advisor and Advisory Board member, AND Stepmom Summit keynote speaker, Dr. Patricia Papernow. 

We started talking and there was so much to cover, it took two episodes!

About Dr. Papernow

Dr. Patricia Papernow is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts on “blended families.” She i...

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The Stepmom Summit Speakers Series Continues!

In this episode, we're going deep with Dr. Erin Careless on what it means to set some boundaries and "step back." We also talk about finding stepmom resources and why it's so important to look for tools that are evidence and research-backed. 

Erin is one of the experts speaking at this year's Stepmom Summit and is the Chair of Stepfamily Magazine's Advisory Board...

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What Do Stepmoms Have In Common With Endurance Athletes?

Today's guest is another speaker at our second upcoming (and FREE) Stepmom Summit, August 25 - 27th. You can head HERE to make sure you are on the waitlist and can snag your spot when tickets open up on August 9th! 

Sarah Freeman, CEO of Sarah Freeman Coaching, is a passionate endurance athlete, podcast host, step-mum, wife, and a brave, badass, big-hearted woman. Her mis...

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July 31, 2022 23 min
Blending Families - And Households

In this episode, we're talking to Tamara Harris of Design Your Way Home. Tamara is an interior designer who breaks down decorating into easy-to-follow steps so you can confidently turn your house into a home you love, without frustration, overwhelm or regret-purchases. 

Tamara is also a stepmom - and a speaker at this year's Stepmom Summit August 25 - 27th, where she'll be talking abou...

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What happens when the people who are supposed to support you through thick and thin fall down on the job? Today we are talking about how tricky it can be to handle it when your friends don't support your life choices. 


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July 1, 2022 19 min
It's summertime and the travel is . . . wild?! 

These days, whether you're traveling for the holiday long weekend or for a summer vacation, there are lots of factors that can make your trip better - or worse. Flight delays, rental car hiccups, and, of course, traveling with kids. And stepkids. 

Traveling with kids can present all kinds of unique challenges, so this episode is all about making sure you're prepped for mak...

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How Do You Change Your Stepmom Outlook?

What do you say when people ask if you enjoy being a stepmom?

I recently had someone ask me if being a stepmom was hard and the answer I blurted out surprised me. And it made me realize that I could use some mindset work myself. But guess what - changing your outlook and mindset can be harder than it sounds - and that's what this episode is all about. 

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Always a student!  In the course of my stepmom coaching experience, and as the co-founder of Stepmom Summit and the co-owner/co-Editor In Chief of Stepfamily Magazine, I’ve helped thousands of stepmoms find peace with their journey. And what I’ve learned along the way is that the problems that every stepmom faces really boil down to 7 key issues and responses. And if stepmoms understand these issues, they can deal with literally an...
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How To Use Your Personality Style To Communicate Better We have a special treat in this episode: we're talking to Karen Bemmes, a certified DISC behavior system expert. And she's offering a special bonus for my BLENDED Family Formula students (reminder that doors open next week!) [in the meantime, you can sign up for my FREE stepmom Masterclass on April 5 and 6 HERE]

Who is Karen?

Nearly 30 years ago, Karen Bemmes sat strai...

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March 24, 2022 22 min
Why It Can Be So Hard To Relate To Your Stepkids If you've had a hard time getting to know, communicating, or relating to your stepchildren - you are not alone. It can be really difficult to develop that relationship, even when you're trying your hardest. 

We'll talk all about why it's hard and how you can improve things in this episode. 

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

Episode 3 is a great introduction to hand...

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It's not WHAT you say, it's HOW you say it.

What do you do when it feels like you and your spouse just cannot get on the same page? When even small discussions turn into big arguments. You've got to dig deep and really examine how you're communicating with each other - and that's what this episode is all about. 

Also, the BLENDED Family Formula course will open its doors on April 4th for just a few days! Join th...

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It's a square peg, round hole situation. What do you do when you've tried and tried and just can't make coparenting work with your spouse's ex?

It can be really hard when you feel like you're forcing communication while the other house just doesn't want to make it work. The good news is, you and your partner have options.

We'll talk about what you can do when coparenting seems impossible - and more - in ...

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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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