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A Stepmom’s Back to School Guide to Creating Structure Without Appearing Wicked!

It’s back-to-school time, just the right time to cover a theme very common in many stepfamilies. So many stepmoms struggle with a home that feels chaotic and where kids have no chores, don’t follow basic rules or have otherwise unacceptable behavior. Too often the dads have not participated in organizing and setting up rules of the home, so things are unstructured and kids are not cooperative. If a stepmom takes over the role of disciplinarian without the support of the dad, she’s headed for that “wicked” label.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Divorced Dads, The Kind You Don’t Need to Wrap

The conundrums of the divorced father who remarries or repartners are many, but in emotional terms they can be summarized pretty simply: guilt and fear.

Divorced dads who repartner often tell me of feeling guilty that their kids experienced a divorce (regardless of who initiated it); guilty that they repartnered and “shook up the kids’ world again” (we’ll parse that misperception later); guilty that their kids “have to shuttle back and forth between two houses”; and guilty that their kids ever have to experience any unhappiness from the breakup of their parents.

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Second Marriages: 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship

You hear it all the time from stepfamily experts, parenting blogs and marriage therapists: “Put your relationship first.” But how?

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily drama that plagues many stepfamilies. Talk between couples can tend to center around problems with the ex, discipline issues involving the children, money woes and legal strife. When these topics become the center of discussion for too long, couples can easily become consumed and lose sight of the reasons they came together in the first place.

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