I am so glad I found this forum all the way from Australia! I'm step mum to two beautiful children SD14 & Ss12. I have been in their lives for 10 years. Hoping the journey would get easier but haven't got there yet. What I have found though since listening to the podcast is to block BM out. I no longer deal with her due to the way I have been treated the last 2 years, my husband does all the contact and my mental health is so much better for it.
I love that there is a space for step mums to connect with other step mums as it makes me feel less alone in my journey and finally find people that fully understand what I am going through.