“Even When Stepfamily Life Is Good, It’s Complicated.”

That’s the tagline of StepMom Magazine and our guest in this episode is Brenda Ockun, its Founder & Publisher. StepMom Magazine is the how-to guide for any woman who dates, lives with, or is married to someone who has kids.

Written by licensed therapists, published authors, and stepfamily experts, StepMom Magazine is a monthly, online publication in its 11th year and is read by stepmoms in more than 20 countries. The magazine addresses important topics like Co-parenting, Disengaging, Loyalty Binds, Outsider Syndrome, Parental Alienation, and Bonding with Stepchildren.

In this episode, we have a fun and wide-ranging discussion about what a “good stepmom” looks like, and all the other complications and the joys of stepparenting.

About Brenda:

Brenda leveraged a degree in communications and 20 years as a marketing executive to launch StepMom Magazine, creating the resource she wished was available when she met her husband. Brenda’s been a guest on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” “Good Morning America” and the “Steve Harvey Show”—and she’s been quoted in “The Washington Post,” “USA Today,” “The Huffington Post” and other major publications.

A stepmom of two, ages 24 and 27, Brenda lives in Upstate New York with her husband Gregg and their Rhodesian Ridgebacks: Maverick and Lilly. A champion to causes that matter to stepmoms the world over, Brenda says that “even when stepfamily life is good, it’s complicated!”

If you’re interested in learning more about StepMom Magazine, head here and check it out!

You can also find Brenda on Instagram @stepmom_magazine and Facebook.

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