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 →