The Pondering Stepmom Podcast

The Pondering Stepmom Podcast

A podcast dedicated to the dynamic community of women who are navigating the realm of stepparenting. This Podcast was inspired by my blog, The Pondering Nook, where I write about my own experiences as a stepmom AND as a mom among other topics. Each week that the podcast airs there will be a topic or question posted days prior on The Pondering Nook’s Facebook and Instagram page. I’ll discuss the topic on the show and read the responses (many will be anonymous!) Most episodes are 30 min or under so you can listen while you’re on the go, on your lunch break, or on your drive to work.

Episodes

June 16, 2022 16 min

Hi, stepmoms!

What does summer break look like in your blended home? Do your stepkids stay with you, or otherwise? Is this a stressful time of year for you as a stepmom or not? Tune in to find out what other stepmoms had to say on this topic! Thank you to all the stepmoms who gave their feedback and for tuning in! xoxo

 

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Welcome to the first Patron-only bonus episode of The Pondering Stepmom Podcast! This first one is free but the second episode will be Patron-only.

These very personal and intimate episodes will focus solely on my own stepmom journey and they will publish in between my regular podcast episodes. I hope you enjoy and please consider becoming a Patron today here

 

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May 11, 2022 34 min

Hey, stepmoms! What do your stepchildren call you? Do they call you by your first name? Do they call you 'mom'? Or do they refer to you in another way? In this episode, I find out how other real-world stepmoms feel about the names/labels that are used for them and I also discuss my own personal experience with stepmom labels.

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You can read my article, "You Don't Have To Call Me Mom" HERE

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In this episode, I discuss feedback from stepmoms about how they're feeling about Mother's Day this year. Tune in as I read all about how stepmoms from many different blended family dynamics and perspectives chime in. Stay strong, stepmoms! 

 

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Step-parenting teenagers can be the hardest season in a stepmother's journey! In this episode, I discuss feedback from stepmoms with step-teens who describe their own experiences as well as offer some advice to other stepmoms who are on this journey as well. 

 

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Hi! Please join me for a discussion about what we as stepmoms wish our partners could understand about the most challenging parts of being a stepmom. Thank you to all the stepmoms who gave me feedback and to the listeners tuning in! xoxo

 

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April 13, 2022 21 min

Hey, stepmoms, How old were you when you first became a stepmom? Do you think that your age has influenced your role or affected people's perceptions of you? Tune in as I read comments from stepmoms of all ages who describe their experiences and revelations about age, wisdom & the stepmom role! xoxo

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Do you know your stepkid's friends and/or their parents? Are you super involved in your stepkid's friendships or not at all? I discuss how awkward these social situations can be for everyone and how different every blended family dynamic can be regarding this subject.

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March 9, 2022 25 min

Are you and your spouse on the same page as far as parenting & disciplining? Does your spouse follow through when you ask them to handle a parenting issue? This week I talk about stepmom frustrations as far as parenting & disciplining within the blended family & how this affects both the relationship and the household as a whole. Thanks for tuning in!

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We've all heard and talked about the concept of "disengaging" from the stepmom role BUT what does that actually look like in the real world?

In this episode, I share feedback from all kinds of stepmoms who each have their own take on what disengaging can look like and how they implement it within their own family dynamics. Thank you so much for tuning in! Enjoy! xoxo

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February 16, 2022 21 min

Hi, stepmoms! This week, the topic is a listener request regarding jealousy between biological children and stepchildren. Do you struggle with jealousy dynamics between your step-kids & bio-kids? Tune in!  Near the end of the podcast, I read one of my articles that touches on feelings of rejection, conflict, and hopefully some much-needed comfort for stepmoms! You can read my article here.

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February 9, 2022 27 min

Stepmoms, what's your partner's relationship like with the ex/bio-mom? How does the state of that relationship affect your role as a stepmom? This week, I read some terrific feedback from stepmoms out in the world just like you! Tune in! xoxo 

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February 2, 2022 32 min

Are you a stay-at-home stepmom? How has this affected your stepparenting journey? This week I read comments with experiences from stay-at-home stepmoms and I dissect some of the challenges they face on a daily basis. SO many insightful comments this week! Thank you!

You can find more stepmom content at I, Stepmother.

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January 26, 2022 28 min

Hi! This week I discuss feedback from stepmoms about how the biological mom of their stepchild/stepchildren reacted to an "ours baby" coming into the picture. Stepmoms shared with me their sometimes very difficult and painful experiences as well as sharing some positive stories. Please tune in!

If you're interested in writing for my stepmom publication on Medium called, "I, Stepmother." visit the publication her...

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January 19, 2022 27 min

Hey, stepmoms! This episode revolves around disciplining stepchildren. Who does it in your household? You? Your partner? Both? I got some fabulous feedback from stepmoms out there in the world so tune in and enjoy the conversation! xoxo

 

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Stepmoms, do people ever say things to you about your stepmom role that really bother you? In this first episode of season 4, we talk about those comments, questions, assumptions, and presumptions that people say and make about stepmoms and how to practice the art of shrugging that stuff off! Thank you to all the stepmoms who gave me feedback for this episode! I love all of you!

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December 15, 2021 23 min

How's your mental health, stepmoms? In the season 3 finale, I talk about how we as stepmoms deal with an array of problems, situations, and challenges that can take a major toll on our mental health. I read some comments from other stepmoms going through the same thing and I get honest about my own feelings. Tune in!

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This week I talk about stepmoms who have had an 'ours baby' while step-parenting children who are much older. I hear from stepmoms who discuss how their stepchild/stepchildren reacted to the news of a younger sibling and how stepmoms broke the news to their stepchild/stepchildren initially about the new baby. Thank you for tuning in! xoxo

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November 17, 2021 30 min

Hello, stepmoms!

This week I asked stepmoms if they feel like their stepkids actually like them and how they feel about whether they do or they don't. From cohabitating, bonding, and disciplining, how much does your stepchild liking you really matter? Let's find out! Tune in!

As always, find me at The Pondering Nook xoxo

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This week stepmoms tell me about the traits they feel make them stronger as stepmoms and the things they have learned along the way that gifted them with the ability to be kinder to themselves as well as better functioning stepmoms.

Thank you for tuning in and come visit me at The Pondering Nook!

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