The Impact of Substance Abuse !

Addiction and Family Roles In every family unit, each person plays a role (or multiple roles) to help the family function better and to maintain a level of homeostasis, stability and balance. When substance abuse is added to this dynamic, the family roles naturally shift to adjust to the new behaviors associated with drug or Read More

The 9 Worst Mistakes Stepparents Make

Being a stepparent just may be the hardest familial role to play and no matter how hard you try, there is no guarantee of creating one big, happy Brady Bunchish family. Stepparenting is a delicate dance, says clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula, PhD. It is all about communicating and understanding that blended families can have complicated Read More

5 tips for first-time step moms/ parents

Sometimes the perfect man you’ve been waiting for has a child, and tackling this for the first time can be overwhelming. Here are tips to make sure you don’t end up being called the evil stepmom.  1. Start slow One of the biggest mistakes you can ever make is expecting your relationship to be perfect Read More

Adjustment Tips for Blended Families

Lots of change takes place in a child‘s life when their parents‘ divorce and remarry/enter into a new relationship and it is often difficult for them to cope with this effectively – especially when they do not understand why the change is taking place and when they have not been adequately prepared for it. Recognise Read More