Stepfamily Beginnings – Helping Kids Cope

How to help kids cope and adjust when starting a stepfamily

Changes and challenges are completely unavoidable when stepfamily forms. Here are some things you can do to support your child’s emotional health and wellbeing and help them adjust to their stepfamily reality.

6 ways a biological parent can reduce tension & friction in a stepfamily.

Parenting in stepfamilies is not  straight forward – for stepparents or for biological parents. It doesn’t work like parenting in a first-time family. Parenting in stepfamilies is more complex and involves extra complications and external pressures. And so it’s no surprise that building  a stepfamily takes a whole lot of W-O-R-K. In fact, research shows… Continue reading 6 ways a biological parent can reduce tension & friction in a stepfamily.

Quality Time vs 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,… Continue reading Quality Time vs Making Connections in Stepfamilies

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 perspective. There aren’t too many stepparents out there who haven’t at one time or another thought ‘what the hell… Continue reading Worried your partner is a sh@!ty parent to your stepkids?

13 Things I’ve Learnt From 13 Years as a stepmum

A few weeks ago was the ‘anniversary’ of the day I met my stepson for the first time. I had dated his dad for 6 months before meeting him. My stepson was 2 ½ and I was 30 years old. We’ve both grown a lot since then and here’s a few things I learned along… Continue reading 13 Things I’ve Learnt From 13 Years as a stepmum