Blending Your StepFamily: Five Tips for Success in Your Remarriage with Children

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[display_podcast] This week, we’ll discuss five tips that lead to a successful blended family.  All of these take time and conscious effort, but have huge payoffs in creating a harmonious, loving family in the end. 1)  Maintain an atmosphere of family inclusiveness.  Make it clear that we are one family and we are ALL important.  This must begin with BOTH parents.  The two of you, together, set the tone for the whole family.  Even if the kids resist and are stand-offish, keep at it.  Your perse … [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...]

Blending Your StepFamily 37: Development Stage – Birth to 6 Months

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[display_podcast]Studies have shown that divorce does affect children.  But as parents, we want to minimize the bad affects for our kids.  We are going to take a look at the different developmental stages for kids and address how we can give the best care and support to our children so they can develop healthily in spite of the divorce.Our role is to help our child so that he does not regress emotionally and developmentally to an earlier stage of life.  When trauma strikes such as a di … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 35: Giving Our Adult Children Money

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[display_podcast]Last week we discussed Ted and Susie’s situation about whether they should give money to Ted’s grown daughter who is in debt.Not surprisingly, people have differing opinions on this subject.  Some parents believe that once their child is out on their own, they need to make it on their own.  And those parents who have or do help their children financially do so because they are “legitimately concerned” about their child’s financial well-being, while others stated they did … [Read more...]


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