We often hear that step parents don't have anyone in their social circle who are in the same situation as they are and don't feel like they can't talk openly about their step challenges.
While stepfamilies have become an increasingly common family structure – over 1300 new stepfamilies are forming every day! – the support surrounding these families has not kept up with the demand. That’s where Stepfamily Solutions of NYC Meetup Group comes in. The group is led by this column's Examiner who is a Stepfamily Foundation Certified Coach and provides a forum for you to share your challenges and more importantly, to find solutions. Who better to help navigate this maze of step than others who are also finding their way through? If you are an official stepparent or in a committed relationship with someone who has children and would like to be meet others who get what you’re going through, check out this group.
- Monday, March 11, 2013
- 6:30pm - 8:30pm
- Topic: Feeling like an outsider your own home.
As Jeannette Lofas, President & Founder of the Stepfamily Foundation says, "In step, everyone feels like an outsider. The insiders become outsiders and the outsiders become insiders. Everyone can feel intruded upon. The man works all week and wants to be alone with his wife. Her children are there and his children will be visiting. She feels as though she has no relationship with her husband when his kids come over. Sometimes she may even resent her own children. The children see the new spouse as an intruder and outsider and taking away from the relationship with their parent. "
The group will discuss this all-too-common issue and share solutions to minimize those feelings.
Once you have been approved into the Meetup Group, more information will be provided.