Sometimes, wonderful discoveries are made purely by accident or luck. This was the case when I discovered a line of greeting cards designed just for blended families. Modern Family Cards is an aptly-named company that fills a huge void in the greeting card market. Nearly half the kids in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK (as well as several other […]
Contact: Janet Carson (760) 208-4990 [email protected] Motivational Press TO PUBLISH Stepdad 101 BY Stacey James Wheeler FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Carlsbad, CA – 10-07-2014) –Motivational Press today announced an agreement to publish Stepdad 101 by Stacey James Wheeler, which offers A preview of what every man should expect in his role as a Stepdad. for release in Spring 2015. Stepdad 101 shares with readers A […]
For several years I’ve subscribed to Google news feeds. This service gives you the ability to have links to news stories sent directly to your email. By selecting key words you can subscribe to stories on specific topics. I’ve been following the keywords: Stepdad, Step Kids, Step Son, Step Daughter, Blended Families, and Parenting Statistics. I follow these news […]
Press Release South Lake Tahoe, CA 6/9/2014: The stepdad resource site Stepdadding.com has been added to VoiceBoks.com’s list of top step- parenting sites. The site joined 49 other blogs and websites to receive the top-fifty honor and was voted to the #2 spot in the list. VoiceBoks -a parenting resource site- nominates websites in several categories each year and allows the public […]
“Parenting is the greatest pay it forward system on earth. We don’t owe our parents anything. We owe our children everything. The same was true for our parents. The same will be true for our children.” ― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing Stepdadding.com was launched on the understanding that Stepdads need all the help we can get and the belief […]
With the recent release of Hogan Hilling’s new book When Divorce Do Us Part: How to Live and Love Again, a helpful and healthy perspective on divorce is available. The editors of Stepdadding.com hope all our readers are having success in your marriages -but we know the majority of your marriages will fail. The statistics show about 70% of Stepdad’s marriages end in divorce. When they […]
January 8, 2014 From the Truth is Stranger Than Fiction file: OKLAHOMA CITY — Brad Lee Davis (33) was charged with murder in the death of his Stepfather. The death was the result of a family fight which culminated in Davis inflicting an “atomic wedgie” to 58-year old Denver St. Clair. A 33-year-old Oklahoma man with killing his stepfather by giving him an […]
Being left waiting at the church might be the least of your worries, ladies. A recent survey shows there could be a bigger problem on the horizon. The results from 2013 Stepdadding.com survey of men surprised Stacey James Wheeler, who authored the study. “Theres’s a lot we know about the challenges Stepdads face.” says Wheeler. “The survey showed us a lot more […]
Highest Readership to Date Stepdadding.com has been serving the needs of moms, dads and kids in blended families since 2008. We’re proud that people around the globe have visited the site and found relevant information to help them succeed. In September we celebrate a new milestone. Today we’ve reached more countries and readers than ever before. In the past 30 […]
This Month in America Spokane, Washington – An 88 year old WWII vet who earned the purple heart in the battle of Okinawa was beaten to death by two “youths.” Duncan, Oklahoma– An Australian jogger was killed by a group of teens with no apparent motive except hate and boredom. Wayne, New Jersey– A video of four young men went […]
So you’ve been challenged to find a suitable song for the Stepdad/daughter wedding dance… No worries- We’ve got you covered! We sent the Stepdadding.com editors out to find the best songs for your occasion. As usual- Stepdadding.com’s got your back. Here’s a list of great choices for that special dance. We’ve linked them to the song to make it easier for you […]
Wayne, New Jersey USA Aug. 28, 2013- It’s was dark night in Wayne NJ when four college football player entered a closed store. They found the front door unlocked and had no problem gaining access. They walked right in. Half of the lights were on, so it wasn’t hard to find what they were looking for. The grabbed what they […]
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA, USA: For the past year we’ve been conducting a survey of Stepdads and former Stepdads. The poll was designed to improve on the existing research and give a better idea what factors contribute most to the high divorce rate in blended families. Most of the information available on the modern Stepdad experience comes from hard statistics. The […]
Blended families today are more like to divorce than stay together. Two-thirds or more will break up – most of these in the first five years. As a Family Dynamics Researcher I know it doesn’t have to be that way. The more we understand, the more tools we have to help families succeed, so I launched a study to better […]
ORLANDO, Fla. — (From the ‘So you think YOUR family’s dysfunctional?’ dept.) Orlando police take down dozens of car thieves each month. But some cases are a bit different. This week they arrested an underage boy who they said was joyriding his Stepdad’s SUV. Even worse -he was packin’ heat! A LOADED handgun with the numbers scratched off was found in […]
Baja, Mexico 5/5/2013-on July 3, 2011 the 115 foot ship known as Erik sank in the Sea of Cortez with 27 Northern California fishermen on board. Nineteen survived, one was recovered and seven could not be found. Al Mein, was among the missing -and presumed dead. Hope was lost. The seas had been high that day -20-40 feet high. A few had been seen fleeing […]
OREGON 10/22/2012- Oregon State Linebacker, DJ Welch paid the ultimate honor to his Stepdad when he decided to change his last name to Alexander. His Stepdad Eugene had raised him since he was just a year old. The standout football player says his Stepdad was instrumental him helping him become the man and player he is today. Check out the […]
WASHINGTON, DN (CBSDC): From the “Too interesting not to share” file– can drinking improve your parenting? One study out of the United Kingdom suggest that many parents think drinking can help them cope better. Also of interest, 17% of those polled also said they increased their consumption after becoming parents. There may be some benefit parents can find in the occasional drink, however the […]
Sacramento, CA 09/30/2012- Governor Jerry Brown ended a bill designed to give non-biological parents greater rights, this week. The move surprised many, who see Brown as a liberal in his political views. The bill-SB 15476- was sponsored by State Senator Mark Leno and intended to address the issues created by surrogate births, same-sex parenthood, assisted reproduction and blended families. Brown left open the […]
SUSSEX, UK: 09/28/2012– The Stepadad of missing 15 year old Megan Stammers told reporters that it’s been an emotional roller- coaster for his family, as they’ve waited for information about the safety of his step-daughter, Megan. The teen failed to show up at school a week earlier and all signs pointed to the likelihood that she had run away with her teacher. Christian Fraser, who […]
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA- A push to help give equal footing to parents in gay relationships is likely to give an unintended benefit to Step parents. The pending bill was first imagined by California State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) as a way to grant rights to couples where only is a biological parent. When gay couple with kids split up there is always the potential […]
NEW ZEALAND- If you need one more reason to bond with your step kids-here’s a good one: Someday they might save your life. A New Zealand family is one step further from tragedy this week after three step-sons performed CPR on their Stepdad. Maybe it was the bonding time the dad put in. Maybe it was their true affection for the man-or […]
CALIFORNIA- The Mighty Bruce has a good thing going. In May he received Esquire Magazine’s Father of The Year award. You rarely ever see a Stepdad given such a public honor that so it’s easy to appreciate that kind of moment. Jenner can now count a few additional great Stepdad moments to his Esquire award. Like icing on a cupcake, […]
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND- A study out of Auckland University found that children usually don’t want a new Stepdad to jump into the role of “dad”… at least not right away. Kids are more comfortable with them being more of a friend than a parent, and leaving the discipline to the mom. Many men start off on the wrong foot and end […]
By Judy H. Wright – Stepdad, hmmm, does that mean that you are available to be stepped on or walked over? No, you are not a stepped on dad. You are an important part of your children’s and step children’s lives, even if they don’t always respect you or your position as the dad in this house. You will never be […]
FROM 05.COM: Studies continue to tell us what should be obvious: Families who spend time together and create bonds are more successful. These same studies tell us that creating bonds isn’t as hard as some people might think. It’s really about making time for the family and following through. For Stepdads, bonding is vital to success. Continuity and a team […]
Stepdadding.com has been asked to help find a blended family for a new reality show. A television production company is now casting for a TV series that aims to highlight a dynamic, unique, entertaining, outgoing blended family, in which the spouses have children from previous relationships and unique cultures. You can live in any state and still be considered. For […]
HUFFINGTON POST- Fighting For Custody of My Stepfather– When a child’s parents split up, it’s tough on her. When an adult’s parents split up it, it can be confusing. When an adult’s Stepdad and mom split up it can make her wonder if she just lost her dad. This is a great article was written by a woman who was […]
THE JAMESTOWN SUN, JAMESTOWN ND- It’s a powerful moment when a soldier returns to his family–even more powerful when he returns to a young child who has an incredible bond with his Stepdad. The military has one of the highest divorce and remarriage rates of all careers. Because of this there are a lot of Stepdads found in uniform. With the turmoil […]
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY- Dad’s, if you’re having trouble getting your biological kids to bond with your new wife, the problem may be much more than just personalities. Many times Stepmoms have an uphill struggle with their husband’s kids because of dynamics they can’t control. This excellent article is food for thought for any dad who wants to understand what his new wife is […]
HOLLYWOOD CA, When super Agent Jim Toth married Reese Witherspoon he got a package deal. Like so many ‘Dads before him he stepped onto the moving roller coaster of a family already in progress. Witherspoon has two kids from ex-husband and actor Ryan Philippe. Toth will have his hands full with his new twee-aged step daughter and pre-tween step son. Stepdadding.com […]
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD- Rookie Jack Wighton, the Raider’s 19 year old Centre says when he was just a boy he was a bit skiddish about the ruff and tumble ways of Australian football (soccer to you yanks) but his Stepdad saw something in him and encouraged him to play. He’s since done amazing things and been compared to some of the greats of […]
ONEITA, NEW YORK- Stepdads know that bonding moments are valuable times. These are the occasions when we get to share a priceless memory or event that helps us create a closer bond with our step kids. Stepdadding.com’s staff have seen many great ideas for bonding and have heard some interesting stories about shared moments -but this one makes the list […]
Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK- Sometimes Stepdads have it tough. We can only imagine how tough this one had it when he got home to his wife after firing his son. Hopefully she understood that sometimes us ‘dads have to do what’s in the best interest of our kids, even if it seems harsh.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa- (BUSINESS WIRE) — Many Stepdads struggle with how to provide survivor-ship benefits for their extended families. If you have non-blood-related children or an ex spouse who you have children with, this might be worth looking at. It’s nice to see that the market is usually driven by reality. With historically high numbers of blended families in the US and Canada, this type […]
Hollywood, CA- Two and a Half Men star and famous former Stepdad Ashton Kutcher surprised some in Hollywood by showing up at the vocal debut of his former step daughter Rumer Willis–and cheering like a proud dad. Hollywood regularly perpetuates the stereotype of the evil Stepdad but at least one Hollywood A-lister is pushing back on that perception -and he’s […]
Salt Lake City, UT- Young sensation, Josh Howard is pulling his weight withe the Utah Jazz, scoring double digits on a regular basis–but he’s not pulling any punches when he talks about how his Stepdad has been a positive influence since he was just 11.
Columbia Missouri- Twelve year old Jostin Prior didn’t know his stepdad Sgt. Rodney Blackwell would be returning from a Middle East deployment this week, so he was caught off guard when his dad walked into his classroom to surprise him. Now us dads know that boys don’t like to cry–but when you miss your dad–tears are just fine. After half a year apart his […]
Wootton Bassett, UK- Two young kids- three and twelve- said farewell to their dad, Lance Corporal Richard Brandon, 24. Though only a part of his life a short time, his boy obviously won’t forget him. The boy paused to give a deliberate and heart-felt salute the coffin of his fallen dad.
The SUN, UK- Stepdads everywhere accept the same challenges. This interesting and eye opening letter written to an advice column in the UK demonstrates that teen’s are tough, no matter what the accent.
Sheknows.com- Alright dads, this article is actually from a women’s site. I wasn’t certain it was a women’s site because of the name but because it’s got a lot of pink! (Why do they always do that?) . All that asside, this article underlines many of the basic truths you tend to see over and over in every list with […]
HuffingtonPost.com- As blended families become the most common type of family in the US and Canada there seems to be no standard etiquette regarding money matters. Are Stepdads expected to pay for their step kid’s expenses? The rules arrangements vary by household. Having a plan can save families a lot of undue stress. Here’s some good advice and food for though.
New South Wales, Australia- A Stepdad found himself on the wrong side of the law after he refused to tolerate bad behavior from his step son. A light smack to the head and grabbing his shoulder when the son tried to walk away was enough to get him in trouble. What happened next..?
FORT CAMPBELL, KY. — One Stepdad has found a unique way to bond with his step son; by serving together in a war zone. Bonding surely wasn’t a focus for Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Eppard, a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and Stepdad. His wife Hilda Eppard says of CWO Eppard and her son Pfc. Christopher West, “They are like best friends.” Many Stepdads, who […]
Many men jump right in, thinking it’s going to be just like having kids of their own. The reality is a bit different. There are more Stepdads today than ever before in history, but society still holds onto pre-conceived notions about stepfathers. This may be because the news rarely does a story about the good ones. Your new kids are […]
Winthrop, MA- A heroic Stepdad suffered burns and risked his life to save his daughter this week. The fiery inferno was in a scene fit for Hollywood. After the fire and a partial collapse of the floor of her room, Shari Begnor woke with her bed nearly in the basement. She gives all the credit to her Stepdad for saving her life.
MONESSEN, PA (Story and video) There are times when a Stepdad knows he has done a good job as a father. The love shown by one son surely says more than any words could to his Stepdad.
Being a Stepdad is never as easy as 1-2-3, and certainly can’t be sorted out with seven simple rules. But if you have a few spare minutes, check out this well-written article with seven steps which you’re sure to find useful. They won’t fix everything, but I think you’ll agree they are helpful in your effort to become a stronger […]
The rules of dating can sometimes feel undefined. Personalities and emotional expectations play a large role in any confusion that occurs. When it comes to dating single moms, men have a whole different set of considerations to deal with -and it’s not all about her: Don’t forget to consider the kid(s). Whether you plan to marry her or not, be sure to know her expectations. Full […]
Many of us Stepdads wish there were simple rules we could follow to smooth out the rough patches of step-parenting. Stepdadding.com is always on the lookout for good advice for new and struggling dads. Anderson Cooper offers up some Dos and Dont’s for blended families. These nine simple rules will go a long way to help promote a more peaceful and stable […]
The Bronx, NY – A 65 year old New York Stepdad died this week after entering a burning home to find his 22 year old step daughter. Tyril Royer’s wife had escaped the blaze but believed his daughter was inside. Setting aside any concerns he may have had for his own safety he entered the burning building and made his way upstairs to the […]