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One Stad’s Real life Lessons Learned about Step Relationships

I am a schoolteacher in an elementary school. By nature, I am good with children, and found it quite easy to establish connections and educate them. Once I made it past my first couple of years, I got the hang of discipline. I thought I knew all I needed to know, and would one day make a great dad. Along the way I became very close friends with a colleague. She had two girls who I quickly became close to. They were 8 and 14 at the time. They are now 15 and 19 respectively. When their mother passed from...


The guide to a successful stepfamily

Parenting is a tough job, probably the toughest (sorry quantum physicists). Then when you add a hostile ex-partner, potentially disrespectful stepchildren and maybe a slightly dysfunctional stepfamily at the initial stages, it seems almost impossible. 

But my fellow superhero stepparents, keep in mind the fact that you just went through a divorce, patched your life back up, found someone you truly belong with and are going to make a life altering decision, this time not only for yourself, but your children as well. So it’s alright to feel a bit uncertain.
This can be an extremely stressful phase for both parent and child alike. You’re trying your best...


Why we started this

In 1998 I started dating a women with a 3 year old son and I did not take that task lightly. I instantly took on the challenge of shaping a young persons life. Like any man in that position I struggled with respect and knowing I was accepted as a step parent. Until the day my wife, step son and I sat down at the table to discuss the situation. We kicked around the idea of Louis calling me Mr. Flora, sir and Dino. Nothing gave us the feeling of acceptance and respect until my wife called out Stad. We...


Being a step-parent isn’t easy

Being a step-parent isn’t always easy, while some are immediately welcomed by the children (often when they’re younger) and sometimes it can be a rocky and rough transition to incorporate the stepparent into a child or children’s lives. I know you’re probably wondering how exactly the word Stad or Stom came to be, and I’d like to share that with you as it’s crucial to understanding what that means in the world of parenting and how it brought me into the world of parenting as the role of a stepparent. You see, fifteen years ago I got with a woman...


Hello Step Parents and Kids

Finding your place in a new family can be challenging for a new step parent. Knowing that your new, sometimes instant, family has accepted you can go a long way in finding happiness and respect. We feel like Stad helps bridge the gap between being just some guy and Dad, because you're neither. Step parenting is the toughest position to be in and to become a Stad or Stom you have to earn it you don’t just get handed the title. got_stad_shirtRead the article →