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The Real Reason Children (and Adults) Hate Their Stepmothers – Guest Blog

“Put the blame on Mame. That sums up how many of the women with stepchildren I interviewed for my book, Stepmonster, felt about the stepmother role. They told me: “The kids are hostile and rejecting no matter what I do. I know it’s not their fault. But it’s as if I’m not supposed to have any …

What is ‘Malicious Parent Syndrome’

Divorce and custody proceedings are often high-stress, contentious events that can cause extreme behavior on the part of those involved. Some cases have resulted in situations tied to what was often called “malicious mother syndrome” but is now referred to as “malicious parent syndrome.” This syndrome was first theorized by the psychologist Ira Turkat to describe a …

Containing The Storm – Sheltering Children From The Effects of Co-parenting Conflict

Coparenting Tip: Never let your storm get your kids wet.It goes without saying that Coparenting and parenting struggles affect our children… whether we intend for them to or not… We may be doing everything we can to insure that issues don’t have impact on the kids, but they do. Your tone of voice, your body …

Co-parenting – It’s Not About Perfect

Co-parenting is a learned art… you’re not born with all the knowledge you need to make your co-parenting relationship a successful one. No one is ever fully prepared for all the trials and tribulations that come with co-parenting, let alone a situation that is high conflict. Biological parent or stepparent, it’s a learning curve. One …

6 Essential Steps to Better Communication

Connecting with people makes us feel good, and communication is a sacred part of that process. We all have a strong need for connectivity and belonging. This is why positive social interactions increase our subjective wellbeing and provide greater life satisfaction (Lyubomirsky, 2008), But often we forget just how much goes into communicating with someone. Like relationships, …

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