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Stepfamilies Australia

Stepfamilies Australia

Phoebe Wallish is the Executive Officer of Stepfamilies Australia. She grew up in a blended family with 2 older stepsisters and an older stepbrother and knows how challenging they can be!

Phoebe has a genuine interest in children having been a Primary School teacher for a few years before studying Psychology and becoming a child and family practitioner.

Phoebe cares about the mental health and wellbeing of families and believes with stronger family wellbeing comes better resilient family relationships.

Phoebe is also the General Manager of Business Development and Systems at drummond street services a non for profit organization that helps vulnerable families.

Drummond street services also auspicious Stepfamilies Australia due to no government funding. For this role, she looks after Marketing, media & communications, social media, community engagement, IT Systems and people management.

Phoebe lives in Melbourne with her partner and 2 boys, Thomas 5 years and Benjamin 2 years and loves living close to the beach, reading and yoga.



Recognising ALL our dads on Father’s Day  

This Father’s Day we are imploring Australians to give thanks and think about ALL our Fathers. Whether they are single dads, stepfathers, donor fathers, blended fathers, traditional dads etc.  Whatever the role your father plays for you or the man… Continue Reading >

Recognising all Mothers this Mother’s Day!

As Mother’s Day approaches so does the Federal election, how are both these relevant I hear you ask?! Firstly, there are over a million of us living in step and blended families. Did you know that Step mum out number… Continue Reading >

Recognising Stepmothers on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just one day of 365 days to recognise and acknowledge the role of all women and all female carers; mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, guardians, carers in their often unsung and unpaid roles as carers of Australian children.  Biology… Continue Reading >

Top 10 tips for Step Parents

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that parenting is a challenge at the best of times. Stepparenting, shared parenting, coparenting and blended families are becoming more and more common around the world. Here are my top 10 tips for you,… Continue Reading >

Parenting and Valentine’s Day – Role Modelling Respectful Relationships

We all know children are sponges and look to the adults in their life to show them how to relate to the world and the people in it. It is a BIG job!! From the early months of life children… Continue Reading >

Starting School

Do you have a little one about to start school – if so, you might be talking about this and possibly even doing some orientations at the school! Becoming a school kid is a big, big milestone. It is an… Continue Reading >

Being a Step Mum

Other, spare, bonus, extra, mums are everywhere and they get such a bad rap thanks to fairy tales like Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel.  Being a Step Mum or a Mum in a blended family can be a balancing act… Continue Reading >

Becoming a Stepfamily- A Teenagers guide

“I didn’t choose this, why do I have to live with these people” Teenagers are probably the most challenging when creating a new stepfamily – here are some tips for them to help them adjust to their new family!  … Continue Reading >

Medicare and Judgement

The other day I had to make the dreaded trip into the Medicare office as my Husband and I decided we wanted ourselves, and all our children, on the same card. I had phoned Medicare and found out that this… Continue Reading >

Village of People

I recently wrote a Facebook post, celebrating my son’s six-month milestone and thanking my ‘village of people’ for all their help. What I meant by this was the support I received from my village: my husband, stepsons, mum, sister, other… Continue Reading >


I have always been an incredibly sensitive and emotional person, well before I met my future husband and his three boys. So the feeling of guilt was not unknown to me, however, in the role of step mum, I feel… Continue Reading >

Out Of My Control

A huge slice of my step mum experiences can be put into the ‘this is out of my control’ box. Arguably a lot of our lives are out of our complete control however this feeling can be incredibly frustrating. Feeling… Continue Reading >

Keeping Mentally Fit

I absolutely love Yoga, not that I’m particularly good at it but since Year 11 in high school I’ve practiced it in different class settings for various periods of time. I always knew I wanted to try a pre-natal yoga… Continue Reading >

When your family becomes a Stepfamily – A Young Persons’ Guide

Being in a stepfamily usually means being in a family where one of your parents has found a new partner. They may come and live with you or you may just see them a lot. This takes some getting used… Continue Reading >

Celebrating Step and Blended Families on National Stepfamilies Day

How do we acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of Australians who are either living in or are a part of a stepfamily?!  Did you know we have a NATIONAL STEPFAMILIES DAY??  It is held every year on the last Sunday… Continue Reading >

Tips for Teamwork in Step and Blended Families

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Adams Parenting, in general, comes with great and many expectations, fears, rewards, joy, confusion, laughter and tears. Parenting in a stepfamily you may… Continue Reading >

A Grandparent’s role in Stepfamilies

Being a grandparent is rewarding and challenging at the same time. Most grandparents relish this challenge and say there’s no better feeling in the world. Changed family circumstances, caused by divorce or even the death of a parent can mean… Continue Reading >

Becoming a Stepparent

“Being a parent is the hardest job in the world, but being a stepparent throws in a whole new set of challenges.” Taking on the responsibilities of a stepparent and adopting the traditional role of mother or father, often does… Continue Reading >

Introducing Stepfamilies Australia, Kiddipedia’s Family is Growing!

Kiddipedia is definitely growing! We are so pleased to inform you that Stepfamilies Australia is on board. As one of Australia’s fastest growing family types, Stepfamilies Australia is proud to support and strengthen stepfamilies with a range of resources, educational… Continue Reading >

Boredom Busters for the School Holidays: (6-12) Middle Years

Entertaining the kids during school holidays can be super challenging at times, especially closer to the end of the holidays when we are all counting on the days till the kids go back to school!  If you are in a… Continue Reading >



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