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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 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.

Parenting Together as a New Stepcouple

Written by Susan Swanson on . Posted in Marriage, Parenting, Remarriage, Stepkids, Stepparents

Every person has his or her own idea of what it means to parent. As long as both parents are pretty much on the same page, parenting your children can be a somewhat painless undertaking.

But in a new marriage that includes stepchildren, the partners may not always be on the same page. And that could mean trouble given that the challenges in a stepfamily are endless.

Here are some ways to make sure you and your new partner can parent together as a new stepcouple to keep your relationship united: