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Category Archives: Stepfamily stress

Tips For Stepfamily Gift-Giving

It’s that time of the year when it’s easy for coparents, stepparents and children to get caught up in the calendars, traditions, and negotiations for time together and time apart associated with the end of year holiday season. (We have some articles on those topics too: Tips for Managing Family Traditions in Your Stepfamily, 7 […]

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Step-parenting Obstacles: Shadows

I was reading a book the other day, “Between Two Homes – A Coparenting Handbook” by Bradley S. Craig, specifically chapter three which talks about the obstacles to establishing a successful cooperative, post separation parental relationship. Of the eight obstacles Bradley Craig talks about, there was one in particular that I think is also a […]

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Undercut & Undermined – what to do if your stepchild resists contact because parental authority is being undermined

When your stepchild seeks to exclude you or worse still reject you, your spouse/their parent and their entire stepfamily , it can be difficult to know how to react or what to do. It can be especially painful when you believe that you have gone out of your way to try and forge a relationship […]

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A Crisis of Stepmother Faith

The other day one of my best friends, who is both a mother and stepmother, made some comments that seemed to suggest she was experiencing some intense doubt and internal conflict about her 13 relationship with her stepdaughter. Recently, she said, she was finding herself being more and more affected by her stepdaughter’s (and her […]

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The Importance of Taking Time to Smell The Roses In Your Stepfamily

Life in the 21st century moves at such a fast pace that it often seems to pass us by before we can really enjoy it or appreciate our achievements. This is especially true for stepfamilies due in part to the family unit having to cope with the intermittent separation of children from parents as a […]

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