Monday, April 21, 2014

Stepmotherhood

If you’re one of the more than 15 million stepmothers in the country, you know the particular trials—and joys—of stepfamily dynamics today. You wonder if you’re doing the right thing and, as a stepmother, many of your specific questions are unique.

In this second edition of Stepmotherhood: How to Survive Without
Feeling Frustrated, Left Out, or Wicked
, journalist and stepmother Cherie Burns brings together countless insights and sound advice, based on the latest research and interviews with experts in the field (including dozens of other stepmoms), to answer questions such as:
• How do you manage discipline when parents and stepparents disagree?
• How can you help stepsiblings get along?
• How do you handle birthdays, holidays, and weddings?
• What’s the best way to get along with your stepchild’s mother?
• When should you seek a therapist’s help?
Burns’s wise and empathetic suggestions go beyond struggle, stigma, and compromise, showing how sensitive, informed stepmothers can take charge—and pride—in their role, becoming more effective and fulfilled.

 

Stepmotherhood: How to Survive Without Feeling Frustrated, Left Out, or Wicked, Revised Edition

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blended Family Advantages and Disadvantages

A blended family is the active merging of stepfamily members into the family unit.

In other words, when a stepfamily enters into another family unit, there is a desire from the parents or grandparents to bring the families together socially.

Even if the head of the families has a positive attitude in joining together distinct families, there are advantages and disadvantages to this type of family cohesion.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/info_8492572_blended-family-advantages-disadvantages.html

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Raising Positive Kids | Relationships Australia Queensland

Youth violence seems to be on the rise, and this concerns many parents. Before a child reaches the age of 18, he or she will see nearly 100,000 violent images, and this can be very damaging, especially if children are not being raised in a strong positive environment. The American Psychological Association says, ”Children are more aggressive and grow up more likely to become involved in violence – either as a victimizer or as a victim – if they witness violent acts”.

Follow the link to read more

Address of the bookmark: http://www.raq.org.au/resources/article/raising-positive-kids

Separating couples - Relationships Australia Queensland

1. Give yourself permission to be an emotional roller coaster.
2. Find some new interests (or rediscover old ones) that relieve your stress.
3. Expect to receive lots of advice that is well-meant, but not very useful and remember you don’t have to accept it.
4. Keep in mind that grief and healing take up lots of energy, so don’t expect too much of yourself.
5. If you want to search for answers to ‘why me’ and ‘why us’, expect to find some, but not them all.
6. If you feel a sense of ‘what’s the use’ or ‘what’s my future’, set small tasks that you can achieve, then build on that.
7. Don’t make any (other) drastic changes to your life.
8. If you were the person who left, know that you may feel a mix of guilt and relief, and that this is normal.
9. If you were the person who was left, know that you may feel furious, bewildered, despairing, vulnerable, isolated and lonely. This are all normal reactions.
10. Give yourself at least a year to grieve the loss of the relationship and heal the wounds

Address of the bookmark: http://www.raq.org.au/resources/tip-sheet/separating-couples

Stepfamily Realities: July-Aug 2014 (Spring Hill)

This course will be facilitated by an experienced educator, with a maximum of 12 participants.  The course includes confidential group interaction and facilitator input on these themes:

  • Identifying your beliefs and expectations about stepfamilies
  • Exploring stages from fantasy and confusion to stability and commitment
  • Seeing each person's point of view - including caring for yourself
  • Nurturing your relationship skills and the role of both the biological and step-parent
  • Developing positive discipline techniques with creative, cohesive approaches
  • Finding family traditions that include each member of your stepfamily
  • Managing your relationships with ex-partners

Numbers are limited to 14 individuals or 7 couples.  Please book early!

http://www.raq.org.au/education/courses/spring-hill/stepfamily-realities-july-aug-2014-spring-hill-14jul15

Stepfamily Wedding Etiquette


When you are the child of divorced parents and one or both of them has remarried, you can face some complications on your wedding day. Couples should try to incorporate their step-parents into their wedding day.

Besides being proper etiquette, it will make your celebration inclusive and heartwarming.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5760233_stepfamily-wedding-etiquette.html

Stepfamily Realities: Oct-Nov 2014 (Spring Hill)

This course will be facilitated by an experienced educator, with a maximum of 12 participants.  The course includes confidential group interaction and facilitator input on these themes:

  • Identifying your beliefs and expectations about stepfamilies
  • Exploring stages from fantasy and confusion to stability and commitment
  • Seeing each person's point of view - including caring for yourself
  • Nurturing your relationship skills and the role of both the biological and step-parent
  • Developing positive discipline techniques with creative, cohesive approaches
  • Finding family traditions that include each member of your stepfamily
  • Managing your relationships with ex-partners

Numbers are limited to 14 individuals or 7 couples.  Please book early!


Extra Information

Future dates of Stepfamily Realities are yet to be announced. Please contact Denise at Spring Hill on 1300 364 277 to register your interest in future courses.

Past participants have said:
"The course was very effective and really saved our family.
I learnt lots of practical skills for living in a stepfamily - wish we'd come along earlier.
The facilitators were fantastic, open, honest, and insightful."


Contact Details

For contacts: Denise

Phone: 1300 364 277

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