Laura Petherbridge

Laura Petherbridge serves couples and single adults with topics on women’s issues, relationships, stepfamilies, co-parenting, single parenting, divorce prevention, and divorce recovery.

She is an international speaker and author of four books including, When “I Do” Becomes “I Don’t”—Practical Steps for Healing During Separation and Divorce, and The Smart Stepmom, co-authored with stepfamily expert Ron Deal and endorsed by Gary Chapman (Five Love Languages), 101 Tips for The Smart Stepmom—Expert Advice from One Stepmom to Another and Quiet Moments for the Stepmom Soul-a devotional.

Laura has spoken at the Billy Graham Training Center, and for Lifeway, FamilyLife, Hearts at Home, and Iron Sharpens Iron conferences.  Laura is a featured expert on the DivorceCare DVD series, which has equipped more than 14,000 churches worldwide.

Laura and her husband of over 30 years, Steve, reside in Florida. She has 2 stepsons, and 2 grandchildren. Laura can be reached at

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What does it mean to be a smart stepmom? Laura Petherbridge anwers that question as she speaks with Dennis Rainey and Ron Deal on how to navigate a role that can be confusing and frustrating with how to feel empowered and encouraged instead. View Show Notes →
The holidays can be a challenge for blended families. Ron Deal moderates a panel discussing the complexity of holidays with stepfamilies. View Show Notes →
As we approach Mother's day in this disruptive spring of 2020, let's consider the effort moms are putting in just to keep our society running as well as possible. Ron Deal, Laura Petherbridge, Kim Anthony, and Tim Challies share about the enduring influence of mothers. View Show Notes →
For a woman with no biological children, stepping into the role of stepmom can be a bewildering labyrinth of complexities. Ron Deal and Laura Petherbridge discuss how to navigate this winding path. View Show Notes →
Ron Deal talks with Laura Petherbridge, The Smart Stepmom, has over twenty years of experience, as a childless stepmom who has helped countless women redefine what it means to mother and love children who don't share their DNA. View Show Notes →
Feeling like stepparenting is just not your thing? Laura Petherbridge, and Gordon Taylor are here to offer hope. Laura and Gordon tell their stories and offer advice for blended families. View Show Notes →
Being a stepmom is hard. Stepmoms Laura Petherbridge, Gayle Grace and Heather Hetchler offer their very best advice for becoming the best stepmom you can be. View Show Notes →
What's the biggest mistake couples make when trying to blend a family? Stepmoms Laura Petherbridge, Heather Hetchler and Gayla Grace, share their perspective on this question and more. View Show Notes →
Stepmothers Laura Petherbridge, Heather Hetchler and Gayla Grace talk about the challenges they've faced blending a family and becoming effective stepmothers. View Show Notes →
A father's loyalty and support toward their wives can make a world of difference in a blended family. View Show Notes →
Laura tells you how to avoid making some of the most wicked step parenting mistakes. View Show Notes →
If being a mother is hard work, then being a stepmother is twice as difficult. View Show Notes →
Today on the broadcast, author and speaker Laura Petherbridge answers more of your questions on separation and divorce. View Show Notes →
On the broadcast today, Laura Petherbridge, author of the divorce recovery guide When Your Marriage Dies, answers some of your most common questions about separation and divorce. View Show Notes →
Today on the broadcast, Laura Petherbridge, author of the book When Your Marriage Dies, remembers the first night she slipped into bed and realized she hadn't cried that day--a major milestone since her difficult divorce. View Show Notes →
On today's broadcast, author, speaker, and teacher Laura Petherbridge talks to Dennis Rainey about the day in 1984 when she found out her husband was having an affair. View Show Notes →