A revolutionary new approach to diffusing the traditional animosity between moms and Stepmoms
You can create a brand new version of an extended family that's healthier and happier.
Ten powerful concepts and true-life stories will show you how to create harmony and cooperation with the other woman along a spectrum of successful possibilities.
Sad, but true: the divorced mom/stepmom relationship is typically one of the most contentious relationships in our modern families. Women struggle with overlapping responsibilities and the misunderstandings that come from infrequent, direct interaction - but plenty of (unwilling) involvement in each other's lives. Learn how the two sides are typically wrestling with the same negative emotions and might even be benefitting from keeping the conflict going.
Is this really what we want to model for our children?
The answer to that question is what motivated us to change. We went from barely being able to make eye contact or conversation, to finally becoming close friends and working co-parents. We share our journey and hands-on steps here in the hopes of helping you avoid the countless mistakes we made along the way.
"A really interesting walkthrough; a ten-step plan that’s well thought-out and experience-based... a giant step in resolving this problem."
- Dr. Phil McGraw"The Dr. Phil Show, December 1, 2009"
“No One’s the Bitch is a worthy, energetic workbook… Chatty and funny, it provides useful ideas and sound how-to.”
- Library Journal
"These straight-shooting, truth-talking, soul-baring women have their priorities right: When mom and step-mom are on the same page everyone wins, most especially the kids! If more parents could do as authors Jennifer and Carol have done, our courts would be far emptier, our kids would be far healthier and and all of our futures would be brighter!" - Benjamin D. Garber, Ph.D., author of Keeping Kids Out Of The Middle (HCI, 2008) and HealthyParent.com
"Brave, bold and right on time, No One’s the Bitch has the potential to change how step- and blended families get along forevermore. Jennifer and Carol Marine show mothers and stepmothers how to put down the gloves, make peace, and become partners. A breakthrough from page one!" -Izzy Rose, author of The Package Deal: My (not-so) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom and Stepmother's Milk
“...A helpful, readable, and informative roadmap for navigating what is often a highly-charged, contentious relationship. With honesty and humor, the authors offer exercises, tips, and advice that can help women in linked households form working partnerships, making life and transitions easier for the kids and themselves. ...This is a book that can take you there with grace, helping you gain not only a sense of control, but that most invaluable and elusive thing for those affected by divorce and remarriage--peace of mind--as well.”
- Wednesday Martin, PhD., Stepmonster
"No One's the Bitch forces both moms and stepmoms to take a good, long look in the mirror and own up to their thoughts, feelings and actions toward the other woman. Even if she isn't ready to work together, you will learn a lot about yourself from the exercises. Open your mind and your heart to this program and you might be pleasantly surprised at the results!"
-- Brenda Ockun, Publisher of StepMom Magazine
"I recommend No One's the Bitch to all of the parents and step-parents I serve. People always say they want to "put the kids first," but their actions and attitudes often do the opposite. I love this book because it gives very practical, "how-to" advice on how to create a more harmonious relationship that benefits the entire family. It is ground-breaking work and an absolute must-read for anyone in a mother-stepmother relationship."
- Amy McCready, author of If I Have to Tell You One More Time, Founder, Positive Parenting Solutions
About the authors
Carol Marine (right) is a successful fine artist whose work has been featured in national publications and on her blog, A Painting a Day. She's the author of Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist. She co-owns Daily Paintworks with her husband, David Marine. Carol has one young son, two grown stepdaughters and is a grandmother.
Jennifer Newcomb Marine (left) is the co-author of Skirts at War: Beyond Divorced Mom/Stepmom Conflict, with Jenna Korf and the author of The Stepmom's Mini-Guide to Happiness (coming early 2017). She's the mother of two grown daughters, a grandmother, and a stepmom to two grown stepdaughters and a teenaged stepson. She's happily married to writer.