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Kate and Gabe

Founder Kate Chapman is a widely published author and professional coach. She’s also a mom and stepmom to six children with her husband Gabe. Kate created This Life in Progress as a safe space for anyone parenting after the first family fairytale.

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A Love Letter to All Stepdads (and Especially My Husband)

I see you, you know. I see you watching my sixteen year-old son, waiting for the right time to offer your help. He's at our kitchen table, hands woven through his curly hair, struggling with an advanced math problem that would be easy for you. I see you carefully weighing the [...]

To The Woman Who Called Me Sanctimonious and Lustful: Thank You (Yes, Really)

Last week, I finished a client session, returned to my desk and found this letter waiting in my inbox. "Dear Kate, You may love your kids more than you hate your ex, but please, do not allow yourself to be sanctimonious about it. Some people divorce because their spouse becomes [...]

How We Survive Summer With Six Kids (in 5 Easy Steps)

It's coming. The children are gleefully counting down the days and parents everywhere are white-knuckle bracing for the same. Summer is almost here. With six children in our busy household, summers are epic. Epic for the children in that they involve long lazy afternoons at the lake, firefly chasing in the evenings [...]

The Secrets I Keep and The Battle I’m Fighting

It happened again recently. A woman approached me after hearing me speak and said, "I know my situation is much worse than yours was, but..." She went on to describe a situation that closely mirrored one Gabe and I faced last year.  This well-intentioned woman assumed that because I hadn't addressed [...]

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I am wife to Gabe, mom to Simon, Caden, and Lottie, and stepmom to Sara, Amy, and Jack. I’m a passionate cheerleader for parents with a prefix (divorced, single, step, co…you get it). I work as a writer and professional coach, raising awareness about blended families and divorce, and helping clients define a brighter future. We live on our suburban mini-farm with our mischievous French bulldog, Miller, six broody hens, and three bunnies. When I’m not coaching or writing, I spend my time feeding and watering the children and livestock and turning off lights in empty rooms. This blended family adventure is one I never planned, and the hardest job I’ve ever loved. Stay a while and let’s get to know each other.

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