Eliminate confusion around the role of step parents and gain support from the biological parents. From there the children develop respect for the step parent’s role enabling the step parent(s) and children to establish a much needed connection.
This is a often a sticky topic for step families (and first families!). Together we will hash out the details and come up with a plan to do away with resentment while ensuring needs are met across the board.
Navigate holidays and blend traditions
Develop a strategy for holidays and family traditions to help everyone member of the family feel included.
Nurturing your marriage
I speak from experience when I tell you it’s crazy difficult prioritizing marriage in a step family, and it’s a necessity. The last thing you and your family needs is another divorce. Learn to prioritize your marriage while helping your children deal with the fears this may trigger. In the end, a right side up family, with the marriage on top, is best for everyone. The process of doing so can be a scary one, but once it’s done anxiety is reduced and security is increased.
Incorporating a new baby
Expanding the family is difficult for first families. Step families have already experienced loss and have a justified fear of abandonment. Learn how to address these fears and support the children in bonding with baby.
Individual coaching for Moms & Stepmoms
It’s impossible to understand just how difficult it is for the female members of a step family, unless you’ve been one. I get it. From the stepmom feeling left out in her own home to the biological mother fearing the kids will love her more. Our sessions offer a safe space to vent, be validated, and, of course, problem solve.
Some additional details to consider
Location & Phone
100 Gray Rd, Suite 3
Falmouth, ME 04105
Individual Coaching: 115/session
Couples Coaching: 175/session
Family Matters Mediation: 175/session
By appointment only. Most in-person sessions occur between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM. For sessions via phone I’m able to offer more scheduling flexibility