2020 has been a difficult year for everyone and stepfamilies are no exception. Whilst I continue to offer support to couples via a range of services including 1-1 coaching, couple coaching, a self help guide and my books, I haven't been able to offer workshops all year. To try and reach more families I have started creating a range of videos addressing common issues. This is the first of these - others will follow!
My second video - launched on Monday 2nd November looks at the reasons why people often struggle in stepfamilies. Stepfamilies are complex because of their structure and background and this means nothing is rarely straightforward. To see the video why not follow me on instagram @happysteps_drlisa
My own research, published over 10 years ago, clearly showed that step mums suffer from significantly more anxiety than biological mums. In this video I look at the reasons behind this and offer some guidance to help reduce anxiety and begin enjoying your family.
Released on 9th November on instagram @happysteps_drlisa
Becoming a stepparent is fraught with issues, not least, understanding your role in the family. How involved should you be with the children, should you let your partner lead the way, when can you step in? In this video I address these issues and help you and your partner develop a plan for your family.
Released on 16th November on instagram @happysteps_drlisa
building a relationship with your stepchildren can be difficult - learning to balance having fun but setting boundaries. In this video I look at the pitfalls of parenting stepchildren and provide guidance for helping yo through this minefield.
When you have children with a partner, your relationship with that person never really ends. Often it can feel that you can't make a decision without consulting them and this can make future relationships difficult. this video discusses the impact of ex partners on stepfamily dynamics and how to manage this relationship