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Jennifer Newcomb Marine
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Author of Skirts at War: Beyond Divorced Mom/Stepmom Conflict (Nest Press, 2013) with co-author, Jenna Korf and No One's the Bitch: A Ten-Step Plan for Mothers and Stepmothers (GPP Life, 2009) with co-author, Carol Marine, stepmom to my kids.

I'm interested in helping families cultivate harmony after divorce and remarriage, whether it's together or apart. More information at and hundreds of articles are available at

Entries by Jennifer Newcomb Marine

Five Surprising Things This Divorced Mom Learned After Becoming a Stepmom

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:52 AM


It really is a mindf**k.

Okay, so after almost seven years of writing about divorced moms and stepmoms, I thought I understood how and why so many stepmoms were having such a hard time.

The kids weren't hers. The ex-wife didn't...

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Get Some New Glasses or Get a Divorce!

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 5:19 PM


If there was one thing I wish I could make people understand today about American family life it's this: you are blind.

There are things you're not seeing about what's important to your partner and to your kids and the fact that...

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How Can We Expect Congress to Do Any Better Than Our Divorced and Remarried Families?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 11:29 AM

"We define self-deception as not knowing - and resisting the possibility - that one has a problem." - Arbinger Institute

We came dangerously close to driving the car off the cliff recently with the debt default crisis. Come January of next year, we'll likely be there again. I...

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Mother's Day vs. Stepmother's Day: Who Owns It?

(25) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 12:30 PM

Mother's Day. As if divorced moms and stepmoms needed yet one more reason to feel at odds with each other.

For moms (whether divorced or not), Mother's Day might mean blackened toast and watery coffee delivered on a tray in bed, with a dandelion plucked from the backyard. We...

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Just Meet Her Already: A Challenge to Moms and Stepmoms

(63) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 11:08 AM

Relationships between divorced moms and stepmoms are notoriously hellish. And yet, many problems between the two women could be avoided by simply getting together over a cup of coffee. Really. That's because it's the separation between parties that stokes the fires of conflict; most ex-wives and second wives simply don't...

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