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Founder's Welcome to SMOMS.org
09-17-2012, 08:19 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-12-2018, 12:34 PM by Cathryn Bond Doyle.)
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Founder's Welcome to SMOMS.org
Hi and Welcome to SMOMS 2.0

As of August 1, 2018, we have a new website and my book has finally been published. (You can see info about that at the top of this page and the bottom of the home pages.)

If you've found our site chances are good that you're either new to being in the role of Stepmom (married or not doesn't matter to us) or you're a Stepmom under a tremendous emotional pressure and can use some support ASAP!

Whatever brings you here, you're very welcome.


Included in the newly formatted site are separate pages for the Mailbox Letters, the articles and the  "Lessons Learned" from sister Stepmoms who've gone down these paths before you and want to share their wisdom with you now.  All the materials are intended to support you and give you insights to help you understand whatever may be going on in your world.

While the women here come from many cultures, religions, backgrounds and even different countries, last check it was about 25% outside of North America, the emotional experiences are virtually the same which allow us share, relate to, support and have empathy for each other. It's a wonderful sisterhood and all that's powerful, good, right and true about women helping women.

Worried about your partner knowing you're here? Good News--husbands, boyfriends, partners and family members usually feel relief that we've found each other.  While many significant others may be hesitant at first, fearing we would help each other build a case against them, etc, it didn't (and won't) take long for them to encourage you to you "go to SMOMS" as they see how you're feeling better and better from the support you're getting from (AND giving to) each other! Watch and see!

The first 12 years, this bulletin board was FREE for everyone to read, however in 2013 I decided it was time to create a paid membership and offer a FREE 30-day Guest Membership so you could check us out. Again, a Guest membership is Free and to register, all you need is an email and an anonymous username. I will not ask for credit card info until you decided to join as a paying member. Please know that due to heavy spam over the years, I manually activate new members once or twice a week so you shouldn't have to wait too long.


The 2 types of form of paid membership are a 3-month and a Lifetime Membership. You can see them explained in detail on the home page under "Become a Member." I have decided to offer the Lifetime membership because I want Members to feel they are part of this group and can come back anytime they need the support. 

In addition to the forums we also have a private email function which gives registered members the ability to communicate with other SMOMS privately and still yet maintain your privacy. Why the big deal about anonymity?  Because the experiences and feelings of a stepmother under duress can be complex, overwhelming and extremely personal. The best way I can help you, and you can support each other, is when you have a safe, non-judgmental place to examine and express your feelings.  That is why I want each of you to have your own privacy...and a nickname of sorts. 

Please read about our BB Kindness guidelines, on the home page, under "About us."

These past 18 years have been a real adventure of learning, sharing and growing with an amazing, ever-changing group of stepmoms.  The next 18+ years is now about sharing all that I've learned with Stepmoms who want to grow, heal, become more wise about themselves and learn how to stay close with their partners while having to face very real and complex relationship situations.

Welcome to Stepmoms on a Mission!
Please contact me with any questions about how SMOMS.org or I can support your journey,

With Warm Sister SMOM Regards, Cathryn Bond Doyle
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