Did you know today is National Stepfamily Day? It’s a day to celebrate your victories as a stepfamily and affirm your role as a stepparent.
A report from the Pew Research Center that came out in January of this year, reported that 42% of American adults have at least one step-relative in their family. There are now 29.5 million stepparents in the United States, and that number continues to grow.
But are stepparents confident in the role they play? Are there adequate resources to help stepparents on their stepparenting journey?
Stepfamily life is not easy. If your stepfamily is struggling, I want to recommend a few resources. Stepfamily counseling/support saved our marriage during the early years. Don’t wait to get help if you need it.
Smart Stepfamilies Ron L. Deal offers the absolute best resources for stepfamilies. He has written several books, conducts nationwide conferences, and offers intensive counseling for stepparents.
The Smart Stepmom workshops Laura Petherbridge has written a book with Ron Deal titled, “The Smart Stepmom,” and offers workshops on stepfamilies, divorce recovery, and navigating relationships.
Opportunities Unlimited Gordon and Carrie Taylor offer personal experience and expertise as a resource for relational development in the stepfamily through conferences, counseling, communication skills training and coaching.
Instep Ministries This non-profit organization offers practical resources to support single, divorced, and remarried individuals.
These are just a few of the many resources available for stepfamilies but I particularly recommend them because they are faith-based.
I hope you will take the time to enjoy your stepfamily on National Stepfamily Day. I affirm your commitment to your stepparenting role and pray you will thrive as a stepfamily.
What will you do to honor your stepfamily today? Please share your ideas in the comments.