101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom

Expert Advice From One Stepmom to Another

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Practical Ideas You Can Use Today

In this down-to-earth book, Laura Petherbridge offers real answers from someone who's walked in your shoes--and not only survived, but thrived as a stepmom. Here you'll find compact solutions arranged by topic, such as parenting, coping with the children's biological mom, finances, and dealing with the holidays.

You will learn
· how to better understand your blended family
· what to do when you feel like an outsider
· ways to navigate the drama
· keys to gaining the respect of your stepkids

These bite-sized tips are perfect for a busy stepmom, offering at-a-glance advice you can use today--and see change begin.


Laura Petherbridge has hit a home run with 101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom! As someone who has walked a mile in stepmom shoes, Laura accurately provides wisdom, help, and hope for any woman dating, engaged, or married to a man with kids. There's a good reason why she's called The Smart Stepmom!

Brenda Ockun, publisher, StepMom Magazine

Across all families, a stepmom's role is among the most challenging. She is easily sabotaged, frequently confused, and often isolated. Like a warm blanket on a winter night, this book will wrap you in hope and provide practical tools for your survival toolbox. A seasoned, experienced stepmom, Laura Petherbridge is the best author and speaker I know for stepmoms; reading this book is like having her over for coffee and being mentored by her practical wisdom and insight. Buy it . . . read it . . . and share it with a friend.

Ron L. Deal, director, FamilyLife Blended™, bestselling author of The Smart Stepfamily and The Smart Stepdad

101 Tips for the Smart Stepmom is packed full of experiences from a stepmom who knows the excruciating pain and the exhilarating joy of embracing the role of motherhood with children she did not birth but longs to nurture. If you have questions, the answers are here! This extraordinary resource is also excellent for Christian leaders who minister to blended families. Laura Petherbridge has written a book that every stepmom should read. Don't miss it.

Carol Kent, speaker and author of Unquenchable: Grow a Wildfire Faith That Will Endure Anything

The role of a stepmom is vital--but sometimes difficult. Laura Petherbridge offers time-tested tips and words of wisdom and encouragement to help a stepmom walk with love through the maze of blended-family living.

Pam Farrel, coauthor of Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti and Becoming a Brave New Woman

The Author

  1. Laura Petherbridge

    Laura Petherbridge

    Laura Petherbridge (www.TheSmartStepmom.com) is an international speaker, the author of When "I Do" Becomes "I Don't": Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, and the coauthor of The Smart Stepmom. She has...

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