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I'm Mary T. Kelly and I'm a family therapist who has been working with stepcouples and stepfamilies for over a decade. My practice, "Married With Baggage" focuses on helping couples navigate the very challenging mazes of stepcouple life, http://www.marriedwithbaggage.com.
I work with my clients in person and through Skype and Facetime.
Gregg Ockun, husband to Stepmom Magazine's publisher, Brenda Ockun, will be joining me for this very special segment (http://www.stepmommag.com).
Gregg married Brenda when he had two children, ages six and nine). Brenda is a childless stepmom and as so many know, childless stepmoms have one of the most challenging position in the stepfamily system. Gregg and Brenda have been together for ten years and married for eight. In stepcouple "marriage years", that means about 25 years!
Many stepmoms struggle with feeling of being an "outsider" or feel as though they are playing second fiddle to their husband's children.
Not so for Brenda. Gregg knew intuitively from the beginning the importance of his marriage and his role as husband to Brenda. As he said to me so clearly, "Why get married if I wasn't going to make my wife and my marriage the priority?"
Gregg is a very involved husband and father. His good common sense will resonate with many men,as well as get a big "thumbs up" from many women who are partnered with men who have children.
Listen live or to the archived show after August 7th.
It's good to talk.