All in Parenting in Stepfamilies
What results are you achieving with your step-kid(s)? If you're like me, you like to get results from your efforts. When it comes to our step-kids, it can be tough to figure out what we want our results to be and even tougher to figure out how to achieve them! Father's Day might actually help!
Children can face hundreds of tensions living in a stepfamily structure. We don't like to see them struggling, so we jump right to "fix-it" mode. Why doesn't it seem to help? Why do we keep facing the same problem over and over again. Let's see if we can figure this out.
Living in a blended family can feel so "heavy" so much of the time. Here's a few simple ideas to lighten the load!
Things go wrong in parenting. Those of us that have been parenting for a while know that our kids (and step-kids) have a way of pushing our buttons and turning our lives upside down. We will face storms that inevitably come our way. Here's five things to help you navigate forward.
Some adults hold onto the belief that kids are "emotionally sturdy" and able to easily bounce back from difficult experiences and painful emotions, but this just isn't the case. When parents are present for their kids emotionally, helping them to cope with negative feelings, and guiding them through periods of family stress, their children are shielded from many of the damaging effects of divorce.
Parenting in stepfamilies is tough! Each partner has their own parenting style and specific ideas about the right way to handle parenting and discipline. Don't let disagreements lead to conflict in your relationship. Learn how to make a difference by choosing to 'PLEDGE' every time you hit parental bumps in the road.
Very simply put, our kids want to be connected to the people they love - just like we do. They want to be able to enjoy their relationships without any strings attached. However, children being shared by two separate households are often gripped with a perceived tension; that they must align with one or the other.