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.

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Episodes

Thursday Jun 16, 2022

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   You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.    

Sunday May 22, 2022

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.    Thank you! xoxo

Wednesday May 11, 2022

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. Tune in! You can read my article, "You Don't Have To Call Me Mom" HERE If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.

Wednesday May 04, 2022

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!    Thank you for tuning in! xoxo If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.

Wednesday Apr 27, 2022

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.    Thank you for tuning in! xoxo If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.

Wednesday Apr 20, 2022

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   If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.

Wednesday Apr 13, 2022

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 If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.   xoxo

Wednesday Apr 06, 2022

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. Thanks for tuning in! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.  

Wednesday Mar 09, 2022

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! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.

Wednesday Mar 02, 2022

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 If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.

Wednesday Feb 16, 2022

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. You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Feb 09, 2022

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  You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Feb 02, 2022

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. You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Jan 26, 2022

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 here and check out the content and guidelines. Once you've done that, feel free to email me at farawaytree3@hotmail.com if you're interested. Thank you! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo  

Wednesday Jan 19, 2022

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   If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Thursday Jan 13, 2022

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! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Dec 15, 2021

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! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Dec 08, 2021

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 If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Nov 17, 2021

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 If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo  

Wednesday Nov 10, 2021

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! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Oct 27, 2021

Are you Facebook friends with the biological mom of your stepchild/stepchildren? This week, I read a ton of responses from stepmoms who have been there, done that. My hope is that not only can other stepmoms out there learn from these stories but they can know they're not alone. Thank you so much for tuning in & you can always find me at The Pondering Nook! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Sep 29, 2021

Stepmoms, do get negative comments from the bio mom about yourself and/or your spouse sent back to your home with your stepchild? How do you handle it? This week I share experiences and advice from other stepmoms who are either going through this challenge right now or who have been through it in the past. Please tune in! You can find more from me at The Pondering Nook & at Medium. If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Sep 22, 2021

Hey, stepmoms! How involved are you with your stepchild's schooling or extracurricular activities? This week, I find out from other stepmoms exactly how involved or NOT involved they are and why. There were a lot of responses on this one! Tune in!  If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo You can become a patron and support me here. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.

Wednesday Sep 15, 2021

Hi, stepmoms! This week we're talking about the personal sacrifices we've made in order to do what we feel is best for our blended families. Stepmoms chime in on what they've given up and tolerated in the name of keeping the peace and we discuss how much is TOO much. Where do we draw the line? Tune in! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Sep 08, 2021

Hey there! Do you have any stepmom friends? What is that experience like? Tune in to hear other stepmoms talk about the stepmom friendships in their lives as well as how they cope with not having those kinds of friendships. Find me at The Pondering Nook & check out my stepmom publication on Medium here. xoxo  You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium. If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Aug 25, 2021

Are you a full-time stepmom? Did you know you were going to be a full-time stepmom when you started dating your partner? In this episode, I discuss feedback from full-time stepmoms who have both jumped into the full-time role immediately and those who have evolved into a full-time role over time. Please tune in! Find me at The Pondering Nook If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Aug 18, 2021

Stepmoms, have you ever gotten "in too deep" with your stepchild's bio mom as far as creating a relationship? Have you gotten close and then had it fall apart OR even get better? In this episode, I discuss how other stepmoms have coped and learned from their ever-changing relationships with the bio mom and when they felt they needed to take a BIG step back. As always, you can find me at The Pondering Nook!  xox Michelle If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Aug 11, 2021

Hi, stepmoms! This is the first episode of season 3 where I discuss what makes stepmoms feel powerless and what helps many stepmoms take that power BACK! I read listener responses on their experiences as well as share my own journey with taking back my power. Thank you for listening and you can always find me at The Pondering Nook! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday May 05, 2021

In this episode, I share and discuss feedback from stepmoms about how Mother's Day makes them feel and if they are celebrated by their stepchild or stepchildren. I received a huge amount of responses from stepmoms acknowledging how difficult this day can be and ways to overcome the feelings of resentment and disappointment. If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! You can become a patron and support me here. Find my articles about being a stepmom at The Pondering Nook & at I, Stepmother on Medium.

Tuesday Apr 27, 2021

In this episode, we discuss how stepmoms are navigating the dynamics of children going back and forth between two homes. We talk about how rules and expectations vary between the two homes as well as the transition fatigue that often comes up during these situations. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium!  Thank you! xox Michelle If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Apr 21, 2021

In this episode, I talk about "stepmom guilt" and I share feedback from other stepmoms who describe situations where they feel this emotion bubble up and how they deal with it. Please tune in for this candid discussion about something so many stepmothers go through. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium!  Thank you! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Mar 10, 2021

In this episode, I asked other stepmoms when the last time they felt they had to disengage was and why. I also talk about how the idea of disengaging felt like a dirty word to me at the beginning of my stepmom journey and how I've learned to adapt to the concept of what it means for me. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! You can become a patron and support The Pondering Stepmom Podcast here. You'll have access to my personal bonus episodes describing the challenges on my own stepmom journey. If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Feb 24, 2021

In this episode, I share feedback from other stepmoms about their "origin stories" describing how they became stepmoms, and how they felt at the beginning of their stepmom journey as opposed to how they're feeling about it now. They share their challenges, triumphs, and those inevitable lessons learned along the way. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Feb 17, 2021

Stepmoms, how do you cope when a biological parent jumps in and out of your stepchild's life in an inconsistent manner or is absent for years only to return without warning? In this episode, I discuss this topic along with some great feedback from other stepmoms who are going through this ever-changing and challenging journey. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium!  If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Feb 03, 2021

In this episode, I discuss how stepmoms deal with their frustrations regarding how their partner handles situations with their stepchild or stepchildren. I read feedback from other stepmoms dealing with these challenges and I work through how we can deal with these feelings going forward. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Jan 27, 2021

As a stepmom, how is your relationship with the biological mom of your stepchild or stepchildren? Are you happy with the relationship? Are there aspects of the relationship you wish you could change or improve on? Is that even possible in your situation? In this episode, we discuss some of the different stepmom/bio mom relationships and how they have either improved or not improved over time. Thank you to all the stepmoms who gave feedback and who support this podcast! As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Jan 20, 2021

Are you the stepmom of a teenager who is dating? What has been your experience? What is your advice to other stepmoms? In this episode, I discuss the challenges of a stepmom's role with their step-teens and dating. I got some feedback from my fellow ponderers about their own experiences and, of course, I talk about my own! As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium!   xoxo Michelle If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo  

Wednesday Jan 13, 2021

During this episode, I talk about stepmoms, like myself, who are also moms to biological children, and how our biological children feel about our role as stepmothers. I received some great responses detailing personal experiences with this dynamic and I also read an excerpt from an article I wrote recently regarding this topic that I will attach. As always, thank you to all the listeners and also to those who have provided the feedback I need to create this podcast! Happy New year! 'I Don't Get To Have A Stepmom' You can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Dec 09, 2020

In this episode, we discuss the greatest fears stepmoms have in their stepparenting journey. From being afraid of never being appreciated to the very real fear of losing a bond that has been built over time, I read stepmom responses and discuss how we can find perspective. I also read an excerpt from a terrific article over on my stepmom publication on Medium. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Nov 18, 2020

In this episode, I talk about the challenges that high-conflict stepchildren can cause for stepmoms. As we come closer to the holidays with the added stresses of new pandemic lockdowns, many stepmoms are more frazzled and fed up than ever. Hopefully hearing about other stepmoms who are battling through the same kinds of issues can be a comfort. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Nov 11, 2020

In this episode, I discuss the role of a full-time stepmom and all of the challenges it brings. I share some real stepmom experiences with being full-time as well as coping with absent or dysfunctional biological mothers. As always, these stories of sadness, triumph, and determination bring much-needed enlightenment and catharsis. You can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Oct 28, 2020

In this episode, I discuss the issue of reaching our breaking points as stepmoms. I read the experiences that other stepmoms have shared regarding times in their own journeys when they felt like giving up and quitting the role of being a stepmom. In the discussion, we also talk about advice for moving on and healing from these incredibly difficult moments. Thank you to all the stepmoms who have participated and shared pieces of their journeys. Thank you to all who listen and here's to remaining strong! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo Thank you!   Michelle  

Wednesday Oct 21, 2020

In this episode, I discuss how stepmoms feel they are a positive influence on their stepchild/stepchildren and why. I read responses from real stepmoms struggling with this challenge as well as sharing some of my own thoughts and struggles with how to be a force of inspiration and light as a stepmother. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Wednesday Oct 14, 2020

In this episode, I do a catch-up after 7 months away from the show. How are we all doing? How have we been coping with the Covid-19 lockdowns and challenges? I check in with my own personal updates and a little bit of stepmom feedback. I also read an excerpt from "Time To Be Honest About Stepmom Life" from my Medium publication, "I, Stepmother." which contains some relatable and comforting truths for all of us. Welcome back, moms, stepmoms & blended families. Just remember that you're not alone. Until next time... Thank you! Cheers! Michelle If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo  

Tuesday Apr 14, 2020

In this last episode of the season, I discuss how stepmoms feel within their step-parenting role and if they think they are valued/respected for all that they do. I also share my own personal story about how I rose up from being a stepmom who did WAY too much in the beginning while feeling an avalanche of resentment to becoming a stepmom who learned how to thrive while also saying no to others and how to ask for help! Thank you all for your phenomenal feedback over the last 20 episodes and I can't wait to talk at you in season 2!! xoxo Michelle As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Tuesday Apr 07, 2020

In this episode, I discuss feedback from stepmoms and moms as to how they're coping with homeschooling their children and stepchildren. I also share my own personal experiences with our sudden change in lifestyle. Sending everyone my hopeful thoughts for the future! Xoxo Cheers! As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Tuesday Mar 31, 2020

This week I discuss responses from blended families about how they are handling household schedules and co-parenting duties during the Coronavirus outbreak. I also add my best friend's advice into the mix as a divorced mother who explains her reasons for making the stand to keep her kids with her during this crisis. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Tuesday Mar 17, 2020

This week I sneak in a Podcast during the wee hours of the morning while the kids are off school due to the Coronavirus scare. I (quietly) talk about the challenges many of you are facing with your spouse/partner in regards to stepparenting. I truly appreciate the feedback from all of you who commented and I hope you can still enjoy this somewhat short, somewhat whispery episode (my apologies for the low voice--listening at a higher volume should help!)   As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Tuesday Mar 10, 2020

This week I discuss feedback from stepmoms about what they feel has been their biggest mistake or mistakes on their stepparenting journey and how they learned from those mistakes. The goal of this episode is to help other stepmoms who are perhaps new to this role by sharing the struggles and lessons which so many of us have gone through. As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

Tuesday Mar 03, 2020

In this episode, I explore who my fellow stepmoms turn to in their time of need. Do they have friends who are also stepmoms? Do they go to counseling? Do they join support groups online? I share great feedback from real stepmoms who describe who they have in their lives for support and how they deal with the daily stress of step-parenting. Join me! As always, you can visit me at The Pondering Nook & Medium! If you're enjoying this podcast, please leave me a glowing review so others can find me! xoxo

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