Category Archives: Blog

Navigating Stepparenthood

Stepparenthood is a difficulty skill to master. It seems deceptively straightforward. Get married or move in then become a parent. Done. But so many stepparents find that it’s not actually all that simple. That isn’t to say it’s always hard. For some stepparents, the transition into stepfamily life may be relatively smooth. Others may find…
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When You’re Feeling Like a Bad Parent

Children can be an intense joy in the lives of their parents. Their infectious giggles and sincere declarations of “I love you” can melt hearts, break tension, and tighten the circle of unity in their families. But, as many parents know, children also bring unique challenges. Parents may feel these diverse challenging moments bring out…
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Teaching Your Kids Emotional Skills

Nobody likes when their child has a temper tantrum. Whether at home or in public, an angry child can be intense and difficult to handle. But what can parents do to prevent these outbursts? A temper tantrum is often a sign that a child is dealing with overwhelming emotions that he/she cannot fully express. Therefore,…
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Debunking Stepfamily Myths

Wicked stepmothers, trouble-making step-children, and cold and distant stepfathers are common stereotypes of stepfamilies portrayed in stories (e.g., Cinderella; The Parent Trap; Yours, Mine, and Ours). These depictions can lead to false views of stepfamilies and can affect the relationships among those entering one. The myth that all stepmothers are wicked or evil is just…
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