‘I didn’t give you the gift of life, life gave me the gift of you’

Hi, I’m Marissa – a journalist, thinker, romantic, family lover, spelling tyrant and chocoholic from Sydney, Australia.

The day I became The Extra Mum my life changed for ever. For me, being a step parent is an absolute blessing and I would not change it for the world.

There’s no doubt the journey comes with ups and downs – wins, struggles and everything in-between – but the experience is one many of us are going through. I feel biological parents have a loud voice in this world yet us extra parents often go unheard.

I started telling my tale to make our voice more audible, and to give people a chance to get inside the mind of a step mum. Interested? Head to my blog.