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Fathering From The Middle – support for biological fathers in stepfamilies

The middle is not typically a place where any of us chooses to be. Think about flying, most of us prefer and are even willing to pay extra for the aisle or window seat on a plane. Depending on what we are queuing for, we tend to push to be at the front of the […]

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Stepfamilies & Respect

Respect is considered a critical element in any successful relationship. It also goes a long way towards developing a harmonious home. Certainly within stepfamilies the word “respect” is regularly used – you know that old chestnut “you don’t have to love or even like your mum’s/dad’s partner but you do need to be polite and show […]

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I am a Stepmother. I am a Lighthouse.

There is no guide on how to stepparent. No ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ stepparent-style best seller. There’s no wise proverbs, ‘old wives tales’ or oral stories passed down from generation to generation to provide guidance and support to new stepparents about to embark on their stepparenting journey. Soon-to-be stepparents do not get baby […]

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Making Transitions Easier: tips for stepparents & co-parents

What are transitions? Transitions are the movement or changes from one position, stage or state to another. These changes can be gradual or sudden and last for differing periods of time. They can be emotional, physical, intellectual or even physiological. There are many different transitions children and young people face in their lives, a number […]

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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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What To Try When Cooperative Parenting With The Ex Proves To Be A Pipe Dream

‘Mutually co-operative parenting’ and ‘shared parenting’ are terms typically used when talking about the gold star type of parenting for separated parents. It implies parents that are able to work together for the sake of their children. That, with the assistance of with time, distance (and maybe even therapy), parents have been able to move […]

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Kids, Separated Parents, Step-Families and School Success

Prior to separation, when parents lived together in the one home, they each had a role in monitoring and guiding their children’s schooling, essential to academic success. This does not change just because they are now separated and living in different households. It certainly makes it harder. Especially, when there are tons of things about […]

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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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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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Sibling Bonds: 10 Ways To Encourage & Promote Them in Stepfamilies

Rising divorce rates combined with advances in fertility treatment mean that families, made up of a jumble of ‘full’, ‘half’ and ‘step’ siblings are becoming more the norm than the exception. This creates conflicts and challenges unique to stepfamilies. When two families become one, children who barely know each other, who have no biological connection, […]

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