A workshop to assist all step-parents coming Nov. 9
CHARLOTTETOWN – A special workshop entitled “Step up to Step-parenting” will be led by Dolores Griffin at the Martha Spiritualty Centre at SDU Place in Charlottetown on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Dolores Griffin will be leading a "Step up to Step-parenting” workshop at the Martha Spiritualty Centre at SDU Place in Charlottetown on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Griffin has experienced this situation both as a stepchild and then as a stepmother. She will share her experiences, as well as the knowledge she has gained from her research and training on this topic.
It is a day for parents to better understand the unique issues with step-parenting, to share their experiences, and to enjoy the fellowship of other step-parents who have experienced this new family situation.
When the word step-parent is spoken, it conjures up negative images of the wicked stepmother in Cinderella, notes Griffin. “However, we tend to forget that first and foremost, step-parents are parents and like adoptive, foster, and biological parents, they share many similar parenting issues.”
The workshop will also address the unique dynamics that come with being a stepparent.
Fourteen per cent of families on P.E.I. are step-families. When families blend to create step-families, things rarely progress smoothly and it is critical to manage expectations, adds Griffin.
There are many factors which impact how well the new family will function such as the age and number of children, the relationship with the ex-spouses, and communication patterns in the family.
“There will be frustrations on everyone’s part as both children and parents try to adjust to the new family structure. This workshop will help parents explore the issues and ways to make the transition smoother for everyone.”
The cost is $30 per parent or $50 per couple.
Both step and biological mothers and fathers are welcome. Bring a brown bag lunch – refreshments will be provided.
The workshop is limited to 30 people, so participants must register by Nov. 4 by calling 367-3103 or mailing email@example.com.