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8 Ways to Overcome Anger and Resentment in Your Stepfamily

Written by Susan Swanson on . Posted in Relationships, Remarriage, Stepdad, Stepmom, Stepparents

As much as we don’t want them to be there, anger and resentment are common in stepfamilies. It’s easy for a stepparent to become angry that their partner’s ex isn’t holding up their end of their responsibilities, or angry that their partner doesn’t notice how much they are doing.

And it’s easy for a stepparent to become resentful about running an entire household while helping raise another person’s children or feeling like they are being taken for granted.

Ushering in a New Era for the Stepfamily

Written by Susan Swanson on . Posted in Relationships, Remarriage, Stepparents

A new year is here — a year to spend time strengthening your stepfamily, overcoming obstacles, and taking advantage of all the information out there on stepfamily life, including this wonderful magazine, StepMom Magazine.

If you haven’t noticed, this past year has seen a burgeoning of information about stepfamily life. This is such an amazing time because, up until now, everything about living in a stepfamily has been suffered through silently by most of us living in it. No one to talk to. No one who really gets it. No understanding of what the issues are and how to talk to our husbands (or wives if you’re a stepdad). No certainty that if we agree to be a part of the life of someone with children, we can demand that they go on this journey with us. (We go with them, but we also need them to go with us).

9 Tasks for a Satisfying Marriage: Tasks 7-9

Written by Susan Swanson on . Posted in Marriage, Relationships, Remarriage

These are the final three tasks Dr. Judith Wallerstein believes can help you have a satisfying marriage:

Task #7: Share laughter and keep interests alive. The saying is true: Laughter really is the best medicine. Humor is one of the greatest ways couples can break any tension between then and come back together. If couples are able to laugh together, they can often use it to play and keep their connection fun. When paired with doing activities that are interesting to both of you, it can be unifying and strengthen your bond.

9 Tasks for a Satisfying Marriage: Tasks 4-6

Written by Susan Swanson on . Posted in Marriage, Relationships, Remarriage

Now that you have had a chance to work on the first three tasks – creating coupleness, building a sense of togetherness and the issue of becoming instant parents – this month’s article will discuss the next three tasks that Dr. Judith Wallerstein believes will help you create a more satisfying marriage.

Again, take the time to read through these with your partner, and discuss the challenges of each. Doing so can help you create a stronger couple relationship.

9 Tasks for a Satisfying Marriage: Tasks 1-3

Written by Susan Swanson on . Posted in Marriage, Relationships, Remarriage

Creating a satisfying marriage is not always easy – but it’s not impossible either. Dr. Judith Wallerstein determined nine tasks successful couples can do to create a satisfying marriage based on her study of couples married 10 years or more.

Because each task deserves some elaboration, they will be broken into three separate articles. As you read these tasks, think about how each becomes even more challenging when you are a stepcouple.