For some single parents, the weight of the world often sits squarely on our shoulders. We are responsible for an incredible amount of things, duties, and actions. It’s not enough to pay the mortgage, be smart when making a purchase and keep the floors relatively clean – we are also responsible for our children. Now... Read more »
If you're a parent or stepparent in a blended family, chances are you've experienced some situations that left you feeling stumped, confused or stressed. As a mom and member of a blended family myself, I've found that the challenges and rewards never stop coming. Over time, our family has learned how to make it work,... Read more »
Holidays can be especially stressful for blended families that have broken up, with the children being the most at-risk for having their needs overlooked. After the break-up of a blended family, the children are the most vulnerable and often the least considered. This often makes them feel powerless, too, because after all, the kids did not decide when their... Read more »
Why is instilling empathy in children so important? Studies show that children who are taught to feel and show empathy are more likely to possess stronger social skills and be compassionate and helpful to others.
As a stepmother of eight-year-old triplets, I find numerous opportunities to model empathy and talk to them often about "standing in... Read more »
My family is imploding! We are in such a negative cycle that I am afraid we will never get out of it. My friend calls it “Big Toe Syndrome.” She explains it as the point you get to before a divorce where you have had it with your spouse -- to the point that even... Read more »
When your acting-out child's behavior changes abruptly for the better, it feels surreal -- like you've stepped into an episode of The Twilight Zone.
This happened recently with my 12-year-old stepson, and now I am waiting for “the other shoe to drop.” I have told myself the old child will return, that this is a “honeymoon period”... Read more »
I have had many challenges being a mom -- more than your average due to the fact that both of my children have mental health issues. I have battled the school system. I have navigated the complicated mental health systems maze. But NOTHING could have prepared me for the challenges of being a stepmom.
I thought... Read more »
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means it’s time to go into hard-core negotiations regarding the visitation schedule for our kids. My husband and I need to coordinate with three separate families to be sure everyone gets to spend their fair share of time with the children, hopefully when festivities are scheduled, and without stepping on anyone’s... Read more »
I am presently helping to raise my second "blended family." I consider my first blended family a success story due to the fact that I never said a negative word about my stepchildren’s mother and she became a very supportive liaison when I divorced my stepchildren’s dad. Also, maintaining a loving and positive relationship with... Read more »
The email came unexpectedly last year, in the middle of a fairly normal afternoon. My husband's ex decided she could no longer manage their 9-year-old's behaviors and asked if we'd let him move in with us. We could not believe what we were reading! Of course we'd take him! We were elated. We were already... Read more »