The Challenges of Being a Stepparent

The Challenges of Being a Stepparent

Getting Real With Shadra Bruce Parenting, as rewarding as it is, can be a tough job. There are a lot of demands and pressures that go with raising kids, but they are often offset by the enormous fulfillment that comes from raising children. Stepparenting is even...
Is Your Mama a Step-Mama?

Is Your Mama a Step-Mama?

Getting Real With Elizabeth Sanchez They say you don’t really appreciate your parents until you become a parent yourself. I fully experienced that feeling twice. Not because I gave birth to two children, which I did, but because I became a step-parent and then later...
4 Steps to Resolving Issues in a Blended Family

4 Steps to Resolving Issues in a Blended Family

by Shadra Bruce Building a successful blended family can be a very difficult process for everyone involved. I often suggest that stepparents need to talk to their spouses – that open communication is the best path to resolution – as often as possible. However, when...
Being a Good Stepparent

Being a Good Stepparent

by Shadra Bruce Becoming a stepparent can be as nerve-wracking as becoming a parent for the first time. It’s not much different: there are expectations, a role to be performed, and a child’s life influenced by your decisions, actions, and behaviors....
Inheriting Teenage Stepchildren

Inheriting Teenage Stepchildren

When you marry into a family and inherit teenage stepchildren, you will encounter a different set of challenges than if you marry into a family with younger children. Older children, particularly tweens and teens, are already struggling to establish an identity of...