Getting Along With Your Stepparent
By Michele Diamond, LCSW
Your Mom or Dad has gotten remarried and now you have a stepparent!
You didn’t choose this person, you’re not the one who fell in
love with this person and decided to share your life with them,
and in fact you may not have had much say in the matter at all.
Good News for
By Sigi-Sandrock-Helgeson, M.Div., M.Ed.
Registered Mental Health Counselor with Northwest Pastoral Counseling,
When holidays approach, those who are biological and/or adoptive
parents will usually be recognized and celebrated in some way
by their children. However, for most stepparents there is little
recognition or “celebration” of the difficult and challenging
roles they play in the lives of their stepchildren. [continued]
A Stepfamily Reunion Says It All!!!
Above: 5 stepparents, 10 stepsiblings,
13 stepcousins, 9 stepgrandchildren, 1 stepgreatgrandchild-in-the-oven,
2 stepgrandparents, 6 stepaunts and uncles, 9 stepnieces and nephews
and several other nameless step-relationships that include spouses
of both original family members
There are many tasks that stepfamilies need to accomplish in
order to complete the development involved in becoming "family."
The summary of a discussion held during a stepmother's potluck
dinner in 1999.
Q: If you were to start again in the same situation, what would
you do differently? [continued]
The New Pioneers
By Barbara Perlmutter and Laureen Miki
Jamie woke up to the reality of stepfamily life on the morning
of her honeymoon. “There I was, walking behind my husband
and my 10-year old stepdaughter on our way to breakfast. The honeymoon
was over before it started!” [continued]