Entries by Gayla Grace

Birth Order Angst in Stepfamilies: How to Help Step Siblings Adjust

  “I don’t have to mind you!” The comment spewed from my oldest daughter, Jamie, to her older stepsister, Adrianne. Jamie had been the oldest child in our family before I remarried and refused to take direction from another sibling. Adrianne was my husband’s first-born daughter—age 10 when we married. Jamie was my first-born daughter—age […]

The Holidays: Ways to Cope for the Stepfamily

I left my parent’s home with a heavy heart after my visit at Thanksgiving. I couldn’t shake the helplessness and sadness I felt from Mom’s continued decline with Alzheimer’s. I sensed that the next time I saw her, she would likely be living in a home dedicated to dementia patients, instead of with my Dad […]