Mother's Day: Making a Place for Stepmothers

As an agency focused on meeting the needs of those living in stepfamilies, Success for Steps discusses Key Opportunities to Show Appreciation for Stepmothers this Mother's Day.

Tampa, FL, April 15, 2010 --( It has been estimated that two-thirds of all women will spend some time in a stepfamily. This, combined with the fact that more than half of U.S. families are stepfamilies, can make Mother’s Day a time of uncertainty for many stepmothers.

Christina Roach is a professional therapist, National Certified Counselor and founder of Success for Steps, a resource devoted to assisting Bay-area individuals, couples and families make the transition into, and lives within, a stepfamily successful.

“Many stepfamilies are unclear as to what is expected in regards to acknowledging a stepmother on this day and if any acknowledgement is necessary,” Roach explains. “Often times the efforts of all stepparents go unnoticed and this fact is heightened for stepmothers on Mother’s Day.”

While it is anticipated that children spend Mother’s Day with their biological mother, a card of appreciation for the stepmother is appropriate. A ‘Stepmother’s Day’ meal together is also an appropriate gesture and can be scheduled either the day before or after Mother’s Day as to not conflict with a child’s plans with his or her biological mother. “The key to avoiding undue hurt and misunderstandings on Mother’s Day is communication”, says Roach. “With open communication between partners, plans can be made and expectations can be agreed upon.”

Planning and communication are just two elements of stepfamily life important to avoiding pitfalls this Mother’s Day, as well as all year round. Roach hosts a group exclusively for stepmothers, providing a supportive and caring environment for new and seasoned stepmoms to connect and share experiences. All stepmoms are welcome as common stepfamily myths are dispelled and ways to avoid becoming the ‘evil’ stepmother are discussed. For additional details contact Christina Roach, MA, NCC, by calling 813-784-8952, or through the website,

About Success for Steps
Success for Steps is the Bay area’s go-to stepfamily resource dedicated to helping individuals, couples and families make their transition into, and lives within, ‘step’ successful. Education, awareness and counseling are used throughout the process to nurture the bonds within step-relationships so they may flourish.

Christina Roach is President and Founder of Success for Steps as well as a stepparent herself. She received her Master’s Degree from Argosy University in Mental Health Counseling, with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. Christina is a certified Stepfamily Coach through The Stepfamily Foundation, as well as a National Certified Counselor. Christina received advanced clinical training from the National Stepfamily Resource Center, the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative and the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Counseling Association and the international honor society of professional counseling, Chi Sigma Iota. In 2007, Christina received the Cecil Cheek Psychology Award.

For more information on services, or to request Christina for speaking opportunities, please contact her through her web site, or by calling 813-784-8952.

Success for Steps
Christina Roach, MA