The Four-Minute Stepfamily: Here’s How To Smash The Happiness Barrier

Most stepmoms will tell you that this role is the hardest thing they’ve ever done in their life. Most re-partnered dads feel they can’t win no matter what they do, almost all of the time. Most stepkids are choking on loyalty and alienation, or dizzy from constant transition and uncertainty. What’s going on here? Is there a formula for step-family happiness?

Tracy is host of the podcast Essential Stepmom and works as a holistic healthcare provider in Kitchener, Canada. Visit her at

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