Welcome to 2013, a year of promise, hope and endless possibilities.
Did you make a New Years resolution?
Are you resolving to be better, to try harder, to make someone like you?
Or to stop trying so hard, to accept the situation in your family as it is?
Resolving to fight less? Or perhaps you’ve resolved to fight more? For rights, or respect?
I have made so many resolutions over the past few years – to spend more time with my biological child, to build stronger relationships, to have a family that thrives and laughs and stays together no matter what.
If only being in a stepfamily was as easy as making a resolution!
I believe it was at this time of year that I first sought out assistance as modern people do – by Google-ing.
It was hot. Holidays. Endless, endless holidays. My child was with her father. My husband’s children had been visiting for what felt like forever, and I was drowning.
Drowning in the expectations of my husband, drowning in the feelings of anger, inadequacy and guilt that being in my particular stepfamily situation had caused me.
In the forums I found my life preserver. People who understood the stepfamily dynamic from all angles. I got more than I bargained for. Instead of just having a regular New Year, I got new perspectives, new ideas, new courage, new strength, and new friends.
Whatever has bought you to www.stepfamily.com.au – whether it is a resolution, or a problem, sheer desperation, or just a desire to find a place with likeminded people who understand – I hope that you find what you are looking for on our forum pages, and that this year lives up to all its promise, as a great New Year for you and yours (and his and hers).