Stories from Stepmoms

Today on my blog, I am featuring a fellow author from my Publisher, 4RV Publishing, LLC. Shawn Simon’s new book is called “Stepping Into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms.” I think her book offers us an honest look at the challenges of being a stepmom in today’s culture. I hope you enjoy learning about Shawn’s book. And, if you read it, please remember to write a review of the book on Amazon to help others learn about this work.

Stories from Stepmoms

Thank you so much, Yvonne, for hosting me on your blog! With everything going on in our world right now, it feels like a strange time to be launching a new book. However, I’ve had several people tell me this is actually a good time for stepmoms to have a book full of stories from other stepmoms. Many stepmoms are spending more time with their stepchildren, who they might be struggling to connect with. Perhaps reading other stepmoms’ experiences will help them feel less alone. These stories may help them feel encouraged and supported.

The Purpose

Feeling alone and out of my comfort zone is what prompted me to write this book. I foolishly thought being a stepmom would be easy because I work with kids. Kids love me. When I found myself single again at the age of thirty-eight, I figured I’d most likely meet someone with children and thought being a stepmom would be ideal.

Did I mention it was a foolish thought? Step-mothering was not easy at all. Many factors never crossed my mind. First, the grief the kids felt due to their parents’ divorce. Or them not wanting another mother figure. Finally, my presence being further proof, their parents would not be getting back together. None of those concerns entered my mind.

When I looked for books to help, I found several self-help ones, academic type books, but I don’t care for books like that. I prefer stories from real people struggling with similar issues. For me, I wanted to hear first-hand how they handled the challenges they encountered. I found zero books with stepmom stories, so I decided to be the first to write one. I interviewed fourteen stepmoms to hear their stories. Meeting with those women and hearing about their struggles and successes was so therapeutic. Knowing we are not alone can bring such comfort. I think of my book as a stepmom support group in writing.

“Stepping into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms” is a collection of real-life stories from real stepmoms. It is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but the best price is on the 4RV Publisher’s website.

Here are the links to purchase:

http://4rv-publishing-llc.mypreview.site/shawn-simon.html

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stepping-into-a-new-role-shawn-simon/1136816236?ean=9781940310954

Shawn’s Social Media Links:

Website: Stepmomshawn.com

Facebook – Stepmom Shawn Simon Says

Instagram: Shawncranesimon

Twitter: @ShawnSimon44

Shawn Simon

Author Bio:

Shawn Simon, MA, is a Board Certified Educational Therapist who works with children. Therefore, when she met the man of her dreams, who just happened to come with a couple of kids, she thought being a stepmom would be a breeze. She was wrong. However, as someone born with only one arm, she’s learned to overcome obstacles. Thus, she knew she could face the challenges of step-mothering. Shawn is published in the Association of Educational Therapists’ Journal and is an award-winning inspirational speaker in her field. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two step-kids, three rescue dogs, and one sixteen-year-old cat. Shawn is currently at work on more books for stepfamilies.

Blessings,

Yvonne M Morgan, author, blogger, speaker.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

100% of the proceeds from sales of my book, Turning Mountains Into Molehills, go to help the orphans at Orphan Relief Effort, Inc


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28 thoughts on “Stories from Stepmoms

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melissa. I do also so thought it would help some stepmoms out there. Stay safe and God bless.

    2. Thank you for commenting. I’m glad you find the book interesting and that you know several stepmoms. Please refer them to my links. Hopefully, they will find it interesting as well. 🙂 Many of us go into the role having no idea how hard it will be. My hope is to get more people talking openly about the challenges of step parenting. Stay safe and healthy!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I hope you find it helpful. Thanks Candice. Hope you are feeling better. Stay safe and God bless.

    2. Thank you, Candice, for checking out my book. I hope it sounds like something that might help you on your journey as a new stepmom. For me, the role was not nearly as easy as I assumed it would be. In fact, the cover references one of my stories from the book in the chapter “All Kinds of Jealousy.” I will tell you that, yes, it took time, but I absolutely adore my stepdaughter now. (Even though she spit on my dog! Lol) I wish you lots of love and happiness in your new life!

  1. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    Looks like a great read and a practical help!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      I think so too. Thanks Nancy. Stay safe and God bless.

  2. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Sounds like your book fills a need that definitely needs filled. More women find themselves in this role than ever before in the past, and there are many challenges, as you mention in your opening. I hope your sales go well as many stepmoms find themselves at home with their stepchildren. God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda. Stay safe and God bless.

    2. Melinda, I found myself thinking the same thing about stepmoms sheltering at home with stepkids they may not have close relationships with. Reading supportive, encouraging stories from other stepmoms could be helpful at this time. 🙂 I know I would have benefited from a book like mine way back when I was starting out as a stepmom. Given how many stepmoms there are, I’m surprised there isn’t more support available. As you noted, it’s a growing number. Thank you for commenting and for hoping my sales go well. I sure hope so, too! 🙂 Stay safe!

  3. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Moms always need support and encouragement and I am sure being a stepmom brings with it unique challenges. So happy you are extending a lifeline to other stepmoms through your writing. Praying it will be a blessing to all!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melissa. Stay safe and God bless.

    2. Melissa, I like the way you put that — a lifeline! That’s a perfect way to describe these stories. They are a lifeline of encouragement and support. It’s so important to know we are not alone in our struggles. Such comfort comes from hearing others’ similar stories. Thank you for commenting and for your blessings. Stay safe!

  4. Yvonne, thanks for introducing us to Shawn and her book. Shawn, this sounds like such a needed book! I never thought about how there are no books out there for stepmoms. My parents divorced when I was little. So I had several stepdads and a stepmom. And nothing is easy about it for the step-parent or the kids. I will pass this along to my friends who are stepmoms.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Karen. Stay safe and God bless.

    2. Thanks, Karen! There really were no books for stepmoms that just shared stories from personal experiences, and that was what I wanted to read. When I met other stepmoms who shared their stories, I thought, “Hmm… Maybe I’ll write the kind of book I’d enjoy reading.” 🙂 Much like you, my parents divorced when I was young, only I’m the opposite in that I’ve had one stepdad and several stepmoms. Lol Honestly, it seemed like my dad had a new girlfriend every time I visited. That was hard on me. I’d get attached over the weekend, only to never see her again. :/ I so appreciate you sharing this post with your stepmom friends. I hope they’ll find the stories encouraging and supportive. Stay safe!

  5. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of Communications. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Q

    This is such an important subject! I know a lot of step moms, and it is often a topic that is overlooked, especially in Christian circles. May God bless the sale of the book!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Lisa. Stay safe and God bless

    2. Thank you, Lisa! I completely agree that this topic is often overlooked. My hope is to bring more awareness to the blended family and to get people talking openly about the challenges, rather than avoiding it. I appreciate you commenting! Stay safe!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Emily. Stay safe and God bless

    2. Emily, you are absolutely correct. God did have many lessons for me to learn. 🙂 But I fully believe that God does not give us anything we can’t handle. One lesson I needed to learn was that I can’t control everything. Lol I learned to let go and give it up to God. Quite the challenge, but such an important lesson for me. I truly hope the stories in my book from my experiences and from all the women I interviewed will help so many other stepmoms out there. Thank you for commenting and stay safe!

  6. This is great! I am a blessed stepmom of two, plus a mom to two biological kids, and there is such beauty in this role. I strive to exemplify the kind of stepmom Jesus would want me to be so other stepmoms have a positive example to follow!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Jessica. I pray for the Lord to strengthen you for these roles. Stay safe and God bless.

    2. Thank you, Jessica, for commenting. I enjoy hearing from other stepmoms. And I appreciate your approach to being a stepmom, always keeping in mind what Jesus would want. As humans, it’s important to always strive to be our best. 🙂

  7. Jonathan Caswell – Douglas, MA – Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.
    Jonathan Caswell

    IT’S A DELIGHT TO SEE THE PUBLISHED WORK OF SHAWN!

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