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The Relationship Difference

Whilst likeability and attraction can be instant, relationships however do not just appear. Meaningful and long-lasting relationships and secure attachments between us and others are built, established and maintained over time. Relationships are also by no means static. They can (and will) change and are influenced by time, experiences and life and developmental stages. The […]

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6 Tips for Stepparents/Co-parents to navigate the back-to-school madness

For many families the start of the school term and the return to school is a looming presence that generates a sense of palpable unease. The back-to-school madness, coupled by parents who operate from two separate homes juggling their respective household’s needs, brings with it a unique set of challenges. The pressure of organising enrollments, […]

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Finding Your Stepparent Rhythm

One of the most difficult challenges as a stepparent can be knowing when to step up and when to step back. There’s been many times during my stepmothering career that I’ve felt like I was doing the ‘Cha-Cha’ – two steps forward two steps back – at the wrong time and to the wrong music. […]

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The Phantom Ex: An ever-present, non-present biological parent

It is a fact that some children’s mothers or fathers are absent from their lives by choice. It is also a fact that some stepparents choose to be a daily presence in these same children’s lives by choice. Despite what others may think, an absent biological parent does not make a stepparent’s role easier. As […]

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Quality Time vs and Making Connections in Stepfamilies

Let’s face it, now more than ever, time is one of our most valuable resources. And one of which, in our fast-paced society, people are often heard to say they never have enough of or that they running out of. Now, people’s experiences of time can be influenced by a great many things, their age, […]

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Step mothers and mental fitness – are you fit enough?

Time and time again it has been said by us here at Stepping Through, as well as by others, that there are many challenges to being a stepmom. It is a hard gig. And even the most resilient, resourceful and confident stepmother will at times along the way, stumble and be plagued by thoughts of […]

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7 Positive skills & life qualities that come from being a part of a stepfamily

Certainly in Australia right now, the stepfamily is one of the most common kinds of family. Being a stepfamily member can be among life’s most rewarding experiences but too often we focus on the challenges, about what not to do and about how to survive those early years. Now that is all important stuff, but […]

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