Blending Your StepFamily: The Stages of Blending

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[display_podcast] Blending your stepfamily can feel like you are literally in a blender:  being blended, chopped and pureed.  However, the goal is feeling a sense of unity, harmony and familial cooperation (I mean, let’s face it, no family – even non-blended families are perfectly peaceful). Blending is a mixing and mingling of the family, so as to produce the desired result of unity or of feeling of “oneness”. That doesn’t mean that you’ll agree on everything, but it is a feeling of harmony and … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 45: From the Heart

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[display_podcast] Let’s talk about our hearts today. Scripture says in Proverbs. 4:23:“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” In other words, we live our lives from our hearts. What ever is in our hearts is what we shall bring forth in our lives. Luke 6:45 says:“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth spe … [Read more...]

Blending Your Stepfamily: The Marriage Covenant

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The family dynamics of blended families are unlike any other.  My husband and I have weathered many storms and have come out on the other side – together!  Now, I’d like to share a few pearls of wisdom with you. But before we launch into them, keep in mind 1 Corinthians 1:3-4, which says:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the co … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 41: Parenting 6-8 year-olds During A Divorce or Separation

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[display_podcast]Six to eight-year-olds are in the stage of self-discovery.   Despite all of their own accomplishments and feats, kids this age base much of their own self-image on how they and others perceive their parents.  A child of this age desperately needs to see the good in his parents in order to define himself as good.  Just as he draws power from knowing his parents are well thought of, so too, he can be very hurt by any hint that they are not.Children of this age perceive cri … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 40: Parenting Preschoolers During A Divorce or Separation

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[display_podcast]We’ve been talking about the age of your child when the divorce happens so that you know how to best help your little one.  The age of the child is of concern for how to help your child to cope with the divorce and the changes in their surroundings.  Even babies sense things are not right when there is tension between his parents.What a baby needs from you is different from what a preschooler needs so knowing how to best help your child in the development stage they are i … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 39: Parenting Toddlers During A Divorce or Separation (12-24 Months)

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[display_podcast]Toddlers are quite the explorers, they have so much to learn and see and experience.  He is walking, running, climbing, jumping all with wonder and excitement.  Each new experience is building the child’s sense of self.  When he falls down and we lovingly kiss him better, when he giggles at a new found fun and we join in with delight; he is learning to trust not only his environment but also the love and support of his parents.This positive impact of our reactions to his … [Read more...]


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