Don’t get me wrong. Every newlywed needs to give considerable time and attention to their new marriage. But author and speaker, Laura Petherbridge, says that stepmoms need outside friendships to keep perspective. Stepmoms sometimes feel lost in their new role and they may get discouraged. But “time laughing with friends can encourage her for the road ahead.” A couple of hours with people who know and love you as you, not “the wicked stepmother,” will feed your soul and strengthen your heart.