How can a remarriage survive undermining exes and hostile stepchildren?
In good company. I run two free support groups for parents in step families:
- The National Step Parent Support Group. Anyone can call-in to join for free.
- The Orange County Step Parent Support Group, which is a group held in-person in Los Alamitos.
Read more about the Step Parent Support Group and what it can do for you.
Step Parent Support Group Schedules
National Step Parent Support Group (Call-in)
Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 7:00PM PST
(3rd Thursday, every month.)
Join Us Via Phone
Access code: 549 8622
Orange County Step Parent Support Group
Thu, May 04, 2017 @ 7:00PM
(1st Thursday, every month.)
Group lasts 1 hour.
Learn More About the Step Parent Support Group
The Step Parent Support Group is For You
The step family support groups are for:
- biological parents
- men and women considering remarrying
- singles looking to date or marry someone with kids from a previous relationship
It’s best if your partner attends or calls in with you, but if only one of you can make it, that’s just fine.
Benefits of the Step Parent Support Group
Tell your story. Your feelings, needs, and thoughts will be heard by the group members and received nonjudgmentally.
Hearing other people’s stories about their path to becoming a cohesive family is inspiring. It will give you an idea of what worked and what didn’t work so you can better decide what to do next and feel hopeful about that decision’s outcome.
Get and feel in control
Isolation makes you lonely, listless, agitated, and more prone to feeling victimized. Connecting with others will make you feel supported, like you’re part of a community, and empowered. This helps you heal from the pain of your step-children’s rejection and the damage inflicted by your spouse’s ex.
Find the strength to take responsibility and explore the inner solutions that you didn’t realize you had. And, well, if you didn’t find any inner solutions, at least you’ll have some other peoples’ solutions for “inspiration.”
Connect with people just like you
Get to know like-minded people. Feel accepted, share experiences, swap war stories, and support other people who share your pain because they’ve been there too.
Make a difference
By listening to and supporting someone else, you make a difference in their life. Think of all of the ways the group benefits you, and know that you in turn benefit the rest of its members the same way. It’s reciprocal and it feels great.
Step Parent Support Group Topics
The Step Parent Support Group touches on various subjects. Everything ultimately revolves around making your new marriage the best it can be, improving the quality of your relationship, and helping serve your kids’ best interest.
The topics covered include, but aren’t limited to:
- Co-parenting with exes
- Merging finances
- Divided loyalties
- Your, my, and our children
- Unrealistic expectations
- Extended families
- Hope and tools for solutions
RSVP to Attend a Support Group
The More the Merrier: Pass it On!
The more people know about the groups and attend, the better the experience is for everyone. If you know anyone who would benefit from attending, don’t be shy about letting them know! You can easily let them know via Facebook, Twitter, email and more: