Blended families create many, many opportunities for divided loyalties and conflicts. My last post was about the TOP 5 MOST COMMON COMPLAINTS OF THE STEPMOTHER so today I'm writing about things from the biological parent's perspective. Read More
I wish that the stepmothers in my practice could listen in on each other's conversations. If they could, they would see how common it is to feel the way that they do and they might not feel so alone and isolated. So, since I can't let them eavesdrop, I'm listing the most common complaints that I hear. Tune in for more details in the coming weeks. Read More
Studies show that stepmothers are much more likely to be demonized by the children than stepfathers. Why would this be the case? This is because husbands often expect their new wives to establish order in the household and this can be resented by the children. Read More
Joshua Coleman, Ph.D., is a psychologist in San Francisco and Oakland. He is also a senior fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families. His newest book is When Parents Hurt.