Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wagga stepmums to support one another

A GROUP of women will tread beyond social norms by developing a platform that supports a forgotten and misunderstood group.

A stepmother group, Stepmothers Stepping Through, is forming in Wagga now to provide support, connect and share experiences.

Organiser Carla Hogg hopes the group will encourage discussion and destigmatise stepmothers.

"The group stemmed from an understanding western society is changing and the concept of what a family is made up of is also changing," Mrs Hogg, a stepmother and sessional lecturer, said.

"People are very settled in the way they talk about stepmothers.

The group can be found at or email

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tools to Help Stepchildren Transition Into Stepfamily Life

Hands down, bringing two households together to form a stepfamily can be hard work and the art of 'blending' is often more difficult than first anticipated.

The impact children have on the survival of the stepfamily is great and this is only compounded when stepsiblings do not get along.

This can place substantial strain on a couple's relationship; thus, placing the stepfamily unit at risk.

With stepfamilies facing the highest rate of break-up during the first 2 years it is essential for couples to approach merging their families from a systematic standpoint.

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Stepfamily Discipline Issues -

All families have issues. Stepfamilies, however, while sharing the average issues with fully biological families, have a set of issues particular to their circumstances and configuration.

Here are a few of the major, common issues stepparents face, and some suggestions for getting through them.

You'll see that there are special sections for stepfathers and stepmothers, too; that's because, while most of the issues are the same, there are some issues particular to stepparents of each gender.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Create a Thriving Environment for Children in Mixed Families

Comment by Barbara Rose on the book Positive Discipline for Blended Families

So many families today are "blended" with new marriages, children from previous marriages, and for the sake of the CHILDREN this book provides pivotal information to help parents and step-parents deal with the everyday problems that are most common and in need of resolution.

This book covers areas such as: "Mistakes are Opportunities to Learn" as opposed to just go on making more mistakes that can ultimately but unknowingly hurt the children. Open and healthy communication with the natural parent of the children; Taking children out of the middle; treating the other parent with respect; Avoiding alienation; "Don't be a Disneyland Parent;" Nonverbal communication; "If the adults are creating conflict - stop it!" "If the child is creating conflict - Understand it!"

Even if you learn just one thing that will make a positive difference in the psychological health and self-esteem of the children, or learn a new method of positive discipline that will help your child overcome a negative pattern, this book is worth buying.

This book is especially useful for families where there is a communication breakdown, either with the children, or either of the natural parents or step- parents. Highly Recommended!

Barbara Rose, Ph.D. author of Stop Being the String Along: A Relationship Guide to Being THE ONE and If God Was Like Man

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The National Stepfamily Resource Center

National Stepfamily

The National Stepfamily Resource Center (NSRC) is a division of Auburn University’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families (CCYF). Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder, Director of the Center for Children, Youth, and Families at Auburn, is the Stepfamily Association of America’s (SAA) former Director of Family Life Education and oversees the activities of the NSRC.

In 2006, the Stepfamily Association of America, the nation’s only nonprofit organization focused on the dissemination of research-based resources for stepfamilies and professionals who work with them, voted not to renew its independent organization 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and donated its history, web site, and experts network to support the development and expansion of The National Stepfamily Resource Center.