Check out our article in this month's issue of StepMom Magazine. A topic very close to our hearts - the realities of stepfamily life for all the 'ours' children out there. Grab your copy at www.stepmommag.com
Modern-day Mother’s Day celebrations are an opportunity to pay tribute to our mothers and thank them for all their love and support. For stepfamilies, this day of appreciation of mothers and mother-figures can raise a whole lot of something – not all of it always good! Read more about how to take the sting out of being overlooked or ignored on Mother’s day in our post for Mothering in the Middle.
Feel like there's a wall between you and your stepdaughter? It's one of the most complicated (and frustrating!) relationships you may have. Trisha Ladogna explains it all in this month's issue of StepMom Magazine. Available here: http://www.stepmommag.com
My stepson has taught me something special when it comes to parenting: Making a deliberate choice of acceptance as a parent is just as important as choosing love. Read more of our article, 'Love, Acceptance and Stepchildren', at http://www.motheringinthemiddle.com/love-acceptance-stepchildren/#more-8784
Many stepmums prefer the word 'blended' to 'stepfamily'. But experts, including the National Stepfamily Resource Center, believe that successful stepfamilies don't actually blend. Learn the keys for successfully bringing your stepfamily together in our article in the April issue of StepMom Magazine available here: http://www.stepmommag.com/shop/subscribe-today/monthly/
Who does the cooking, cleaning and child rearing in your home. The fact is that traditional gender roles don't work in stepfamilies. In fact, they work against them. Particularly in the beginning years and especially for stepmothers. We explain why stepfamilies are different and why that's okay in the March 2015 issue of StepMom magazine http://www.stepmommag.com/shop/subscribe-today/monthly/
Dating can be difficult. Dating as a divorced mom can be even more difficult. Finding a partner that you love and who is also a good fit for your kids is a big job and easier said than done. So, what actually makes for a good stepdad? Here are the top 10 qualities of successful stepfathers that we think you should look out for.
No matter how much you know and trust that your child is safe, loved and well cared for with your ex, it can be difficult having your kids away for a week or many weeks at a time. Being able to walk into your child’s room and see them sleeping or to be able to give them a hug whenever you feel like it – is a good, good feeling. However, handovers involve at least three people’s feelings and sometimes can be difficult to manage. We provide 6 tips to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Gender Roles in Stepfamilies: How Traditional Thinking Can Set You Up To Fail. This article was originally published in the MARCH 2015 issue of StepMom Magazine. The reality is that traditional gender roles just do not work for stepfamilies. In fact, they work against them. Particularly in the beginning years. And especially for stepmothers. .
However old you are, you are never prepared for a world in which the person with whom you perhaps fought and butted heads with, who shaped you and who you loved and relied on for unconditional love and support is gone. Losing a parent is hard. But when you mix this grieving experience with stepfamily dynamics, it can stir up and create emotional turmoil for everyone– for the child dealing with the loss of a parent, for the remaining biological parent, and for the new partner.
Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world. - Walt Disney at Lifehack QuotesWalt Disney at http://quotes.lifehack.org/by-author/walt-disney/
IT'S NOT A COMPETITION! POST-SEPARATION PARENTING Separated parents can be especially susceptible to feelings of competition with one another. They can enter into a contest for their child’s love and affection and for the title of best or favourite parent. They may not even realise that they have been drafted into the competition. They can also tend to forget that, from a child’s perspective, there is ALWAYS enough love to go around www.steppingthrough.com.au
Kids sharing time with you and the ex this year? We know what that's like. Check out our latest blog A Different Christmas here: http://www.steppingthrough.com.au/a-different-christmas-2/ #stepfamily #coparenting #shared Christmas