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Stepfamily – is it time to rethink the ‘Wicked Stepmother’ myth? 

Stepfamily – is it time to rethink the ‘Wicked Stepmother’ myth? 

Stepfamilies comprise one of the largest and fastest growing demographic groups in Australia, with research suggesting that one in every four families is a stepfamily. The negotiation required to make a newly formed stepfamily work successfully is complex, and if done correctly it can assist the new family to thrive. The issues within a stepfamily are vexed and varied.  Parenting styles, methods of discipline, eating habits and even bedtime routines can cause problems, particularly if they differ from the stepchild’s biological parent’s routines. National Stepfamily Awareness Day is a great opportunity to highlight and recognise the challenges inherent in stepfamilies.  ...

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