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14
Apr
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Stepfamily, Laura Petherbridge, The Smart Stepmom

  “Is this how you felt when Colin and Erin were born?” I softly asked Steve, my husband.   “Yes.” He replied. “And when the grandchildren begin to arrive it is one more reminder of how stepfamilies are different than first time marriages.”   Although I was very excited and happy when his grandchildren came […]

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17
Mar
2014

Learning How to Love

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Learning How to Love, Stepfamily, Stepmom, Stepson, Family Matters, Grace based parenting, Laura Petherbridge

If I’m being totally honest there were times in my early years as a stepmom that I didn’t even like my stepsons, much less love them. To me they appeared spoiled and pampered, plus everyone in my husband’s family seemed to tip-toe around their wants and whines. This was the total opposite of the extremely […]

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03
Mar
2014

Me and My Big Mouth

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Laura Petherbridge, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, The Smart Stepmom

  “I couldn’t get into the pool or the shower today because they were so crowded,” I huffed to the administrator at my local gym. Before she could reply I stomped out the door.   Immediately, I was convicted. The little voice deep inside said, “Laura, you were extremely rude to that woman. You have […]

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Family Photo, Step Family Photo, Christmas Time, Laura Petherbridge, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

“My mom wants to have a new family picture taken for Christmas,” Tanya shared. “She updates the photo every few years and sends it with her Christmas cards.” “Everything was fine until she mentioned that she doesn’t want my stepdaughter, Carissa, in the picture. She only wants ‘family’. “I told her Carissa is part of […]

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09
Dec
2013
Surviving the Holidays after a Loss, Family Matters, Laura Petherbridge, Life After Loss

  “I dread Thanksgiving and Christmas,” the young woman softly shared. “I know as a Christian I should be celebrating the birth of Christ. But my mom passed away this year, and my husband lost his job. Every time a holiday song comes on the radio, or I smell the scent of pine I burst […]

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Family Matters, Laura Petherbridge, Surviving Holidays, Christmas, Step Family

When I was a child Christmas Eve was an elaborate event in my dad’s Italian family. For that special night my nana prepared an exceptional menu of meats, fish, pastas and pastries that would make angels salivate. My cousins, aunts and uncles, godparents and various other people filled the house with boisterous talking, bellowing laughter, […]

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

I’ve experienced more than 55 Christmases. You would think that by now I’d have given up the dream of my holidays turning out like a Normal Rockwell painting.   But I keep trying.   When I was a child, Christmas Eve was an elaborate event in my Dad’s large Italian family. My Nana would cook […]

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27
Sep
2013

Helping Others During Job Loss

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Unemployment, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Finances, Laura Petherbridge, Dr. Tim Kimmel, chuch, marriage

“I have something for you in the car,” Ruth said with a compassionate smile. “Thanks, I’ll get it after the meeting,” I replied, knowing she had heard about my husband’s recent job loss.   Ruth could identify with the situation, years earlier her husband had experienced unemployment. She handed me a bag containing three oranges […]

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30
Aug
2013

A Hill To Die On

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A Hill to Die On, Laura Petherbridge, StepFamilies, Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters Blog, Dinner, eating healthy

  “I can’t get my stepkids to eat healthy foods,” a stepmom shared with me.   “When they are at their mom’s house they eat fast food and stuff filled with chemicals. But at our house I feel it’s important to eat a lot of vegetables and everything organic.” She continued. “This is becoming a […]

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19
Aug
2013
Grace Based Parenting, Single Mom, Family Matters, Sue Birdseye

“I’ve decided to begin some new techniques with my adult stepkids,” Stepmom Nancy shared with me.   “I sent an email to my step daughter- in-law sharing how I wanted to begin a fresh year and communicate more often. I have decided to stop waiting for them to make the first move. I want them […]

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