Brenda Ockun


BRENDA OCKUN is Founder & Publisher of StepMom Magazine—the how-to guide for any woman who dates, lives with, or is married to someone who has kids.


Written by licensed therapists, published authors and stepfamily experts, StepMom Magazine is a monthly, online publication in its 11th year and is read by stepmoms in more than 20 countries. The magazine addresses important topics like: Co-parenting, Disengaging, Loyalty Binds, Outsider Syndrome, Parental Alienation and Bonding with Stepchildren.


Brenda leveraged a degree in communications and 20 years as a marketing executive to launch StepMom Magagine, creating the resource she wished was available when she met her husband. Brenda’s been a guest on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” “Good Morning America” and the “Steve Harvey Show”—and she’s been quoted in “The Washington Post,” “USA Today,” “The Huffington Post” and other major publications.


A stepmom of two, ages 24 and 27, Brenda lives in Upstate New York with her husband Gregg and their Rhodesian Ridgebacks: Maverick and Lilly. A champion to causes that matter to stepmoms the world over, Brenda says that “even when stepfamily life is good, it’s complicated!”

Session Title: 10 Things ALL Stepmoms Need to Know

  • WHY being a stepmom so hard
  • WHY is there so much tension between moms & stepmoms
  • WHY is there still a stigma around being a stepmom
  • WHAT universal challenges do almost all stepmoms face

Create a strong and healthy stepfamily, 
one STEP at a time

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