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Category Archives: Couple relationship

Successful Stepcouple relationships: top tips for making it work

Whether it be a first or second marriage, divorce rates across the Western world are declining and have been for a while. The reasons behind the falling statistics are complex. But it’s suffice to say that divorce trends have been heavily influence by changing social norms about being a “divorcee”, living together prior to marriage, […]

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Softly Softly – how to address co-parenting and step-parenting issues in a softer way

As people who are ex-partners and step-parents, it’s essential to learn how to manage conflict in a healthy way. Meeting anger with hostility (or vice versa) only continues to destroy trust and is also not a good example to set to the children about effective communication, how to manage big emotions or to resolve conflict. […]

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Stepparents are social beings too – why they need to, and should, spend kid free time with other adults

It is widely accepted that social support and connections have a positive influence on human beings’ physical, spiritual and mental health. At the heart of it, we are social beings and people need people. In fact, we thrive amidst healthy relationships. Relationships of all kinds provide us with a sense of belonging, shared experience, socialization, […]

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Worried your partner is a sh@!ty parent to your stepkids?

Language warning: This post contains language that may be offensive to some readers. So you’ve found the love of your life and they are perfect EXCEPT that they are useless at parenting. At least from your point of view. There aren’t too many stepparents out there who haven’t at one time or another thought ‘what […]

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7 Mistakes Step-Couples Make

Stepparenting isn’t easy. In fact, it has been found to be one of the hardest types of parenting out there. Because stepfamily circumstances are unique and diverse, many stepparents find themselves learning how to stepparent by trial and error. We’ve pulled together 7 mistakes commonly made by step-couples for you to avoid on your journey […]

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Gender Roles in Stepfamilies: How Traditional Thinking Can Set Up You Up To Fail

This article originally appeared in the MARCH, 2015 issue of StepMom Magazine. No matter where you fall on the feminist continuum, there is no denying traditional gender roles exist. We all know them. Men go to work and are breadwinners. Women stay at home and are caretakers. What you may not know is that these […]

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Are we there yet? – When is it the right time to introduce a new relationship to your children?

Long after the ink dries on your divorce papers your children may continue to harbour the hope that their mum and dad will reconcile. Seeing a parent with a new person seriously dents this fantasy and can be emotionally difficult for children to come to grips with. It can also affect the way in which […]

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Passion vs Parenting – the single parent’s rite of passage

Looking for “love” …. again…. After the stress of your divorce, you deserve to have some fun. You also deserve to love and to be loved and to experience an adult relationship that meets your needs. Falling in love can be a euphoric, endangered and exhausting experiencing. It typically requires our full attention and can […]

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Solid as a Rock

  “Solid as a Rock” – maintaining relationship and marriage quality in stepfamilies Among other things, a strong couple bond is essential to the success of any stepfamily. Newly remarried couples without children typically spend their first months together to build on their relationship and to nurture that fragile love connection. Couples with children, on […]

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