Seeking advice for your blended family? Then you’ve come to the right place! Stepmothers Laura Petherbridge, Heather Hetchler and Gayla Grace talk about the challenges they’ve faced blending a family and becoming effective stepmothers. They offer their very best advice for becoming the best stepmom you can be.
Gayla is an author, speaker, stepfamily coach, and founder of Stepparenting with Grace, www.stepparentingwithgrace.com Having survived the trenches of stepparenting, she is passionate about helping other stepfamilies. She is a mom and stepmom to five, including an “ours” child still at home. A bi-monthly columnist for Parenting Teens on blended families and co-author of Unwrapping the Gift of Stepfamily Peace, she resides in Shreveport, LA with her husband of 18 years.
Heather is an author, speaker, life coach and the founder of www.CafeSmom.com. As a full-time stepmom her passion is to help stepmothers define their own positive path to success. Heather brings positive resources, encouragement, and support to stepmothers while also speaking on divorce recovery and stepfamily issues. She is also the co-author of Unwrapping The Gift of Stepfamily Peace. She resides in Cleveland, OH with her husband, four children, and two stepchildren.
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 LauraPethrbridge.com.