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december 2011 Survival Tips for Messy Moments PEACEMAKING How No Response Speaks Volumes About to Call it Quits? Think Outside the Box haPPier hoLidayS Learn Acceptance and Develop New Traditions PLUS The Urban Stepmom’s First Christmas Fit for a Rockefeller Mediation 101 Lessons from a Newborn The Stylish Stepmom’s Holiday Gift Guide
our dECEMbErCovEr GIrlMeet Jessica!Jessica Guyer of Port Royal, Pennsylvania, isa stepmom to a 10-year old girl and motherto a 7-year old boy. She and her husbandhave been together for two and a half years,married for one year and have full custodyof both children. Jessica says: “Being astepmom is one of the hardest things I’veever had to do in my life—and that’s saying a December Departmentslot considering I have a full-time job, a part-time job/hobby and a child with Asperger’ssyndrome. I discovered StepMom Magazine at a 4 Brenda’s Cornertime when I was completely frustrated and Letter from the publisher.stressed. Slowly, through time and each 5 Mailboxmonthly edition, my stress and frustrations Readers respond to the November issue, asstarted to melt away. One day this year, I well as tell us what’s on their wish list.had an epiphany and realized I was over thehump! I now have a healthier marriage and 6 Urban Stepmomfamily and accept my position gracefully. It Lisa Bagshaw looks back to her firstdoesn’t matter if anyone else recognizes my Christmas as a stepmom.role because I do. Being a stepmom has helped my 8 Time Outrelationship with my son’s stepmom. My Emily Bouchard, MSSW, on bringing light tostepdaughter can’t see her mom very often, the darkest time of the yearso I made sure I took my stepdaughter to 9 Legal Mattersher mom’s house on a surprise trick or Lara Badain, Esq. on mediation and how ittreat visit, which was well received. A few can help. years ago, I became a stepdaughter, so my 25 Outlook next challenge is Events, Resources and Community. learning how to be a better 26 House Rules stepdaughter.” Tara Eisenhard with her wish list for structure in her stepfamily. 28 Stepmom Memoirs Laura Petherbridge learns new lessons from newborn members of the family. 29 From the Kitchen The staff of Stepmom magazine offers up their favorite desserts. 32 Stylish Stepmom Heidi Ducato offers up a holiday gift guide with her favorite Facebook finds. 34 Crafts with Your Stepkids Wendy L. Deppe with some holiday crafts. 36 My Journal 37 Words of Wisdom