November 01st, 2019
How adults and children can thrive in a step-family
Are you a step-parent? Or are you raising children with someone who is not your children’s biological parent? Do you also have children together? Are you finding it challenging? Do you sometimes feel guilty for not really liking your step-children all that much, even though you desperately want to? Do you get frustrated with your other half for not disciplining their biological children? Maybe you resent the amount of your partner’s time they take up. Perhaps you’re having difficulty working out what authority you have as a non-biological parent.
According to Alison O'Mahony, founder of Be Stepwise, that’s not surprising since many parents who find themselves in blended families have not had the experience of step-parenting before they come to it themselves. And yet step-families are the new normal. In fact statistically children born in the last decade are more likely to be step-parented than not before they reach adulthood.
Alison herself has had much personal experience of step-parenting and blended families. When she was a teenager, her mother died suddenly and her father met the woman who was to become her step-mother within six months. Alison had great difficulty accepting a step-mother while still mourning the loss of her mother and her step-mother likewise found her teenage step-daughter a challenge.
As an adult herself Alison became a step-parent to her husband’s two young children before they had two children together.
Listen to this episode with Alison O’Mahony if you want to learn:
Click here for Alison’s blog outlining the 4 mantras
In our celebration of vulnerability and perfect imperfection Alison shares with us a Low Parenting Moment of her own, this time with adult children, which just proves that even after lots of experience we can still make mistakes! I can vouch for that…
And Alison also shares her top tip for raising children, within a biological or a blended family, to be confident, happy and successful.
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