There's a long tradition in fairy tales of the wicked stepmother. And the archetype endures in contemporary life. Nothing is more threatening to our idealized notion of motherhood than another woman coming in and trying to mother our children.
The Sugars take on two real-life versions of the tale — a mother whose ex-husband's new wife wants the children to call her "mom," and a stepmom who feels trapped in the role of the storybook villain.
The Sugars are joined by Dr. Wednesday Martin, the author of "Stepmonster: A New Look At Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act The Way We Do."
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