The author of “Stepmonster” discusses the role of stepmothers

In the latest installment of DadsDivorce Live, host Dan Cuneo, of family law firm Cordell & Cordell PC, and Rick Ortiz, of, visit with Dr. Wednesday Martin, author of “Stepmonster: a New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do.”

Dr. Martin talks about her new book and the misinformation from the stepmothering industry:

Books for stepmothers tend to perpetuate certain myths. The myth of the blended family and the myth of the maternal stepmother are the most glaring examples. The real problem with many books for stepmothers is not what they imply, but what they actually say. The fact that some of these books’ directives have become a virtual mantra, the unassailable golden rules of stepmothering does not mean that they are right.




Author Bio

Wednesday Martin, Ph.D., is a social researcher and the author of “Stepmonster: a New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do” (2009). She is a regular contributor to Psychology Today ( and blogs for the Huffington Post and on her own web site ( She has appeared as a stepparenting expert on NPR, the BBC Newshour, Fox News and NBC Weekend Today, and was a regular contributor to the New York Post’s parenting page. “Stepmonster” is a finalist in the parenting category of this year’s “Books for a Better Life” award.

A stepmother for nearly a decade, Wednesday lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. Her stepdaughters are young adults.

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