Blending Your StepFamily 49: It’s Nice to be Included

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: You know the remarkable, one of a kind story, about Joseph, Mary and Jesus. The angel told Joseph that Mary was pregnant with the child of God and Joseph was to marry her and become the child’s stepfather. Can you imagine? We may struggle with the fact that our step kids are not “perfect” enough but Joseph was probably struggling with the reality that he was not the perfect one; his … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 48: Choosing to Love the Unlovable Stepchild

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Last week we talked about mature love in the couple relationship. This week let’s focus on loving a stepchild that is difficult. As we said last week, mature love is a choice. You have to have trust in the couple relationship for it to flourish. Mature love loves your partner or child as you love yourself. You’ve decided to do that. Doesn’t mean you’ll do it perfectly however. … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Welcome to the Family!

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: “I feel so happy that they’ve included me into their already established family.”  This quote came from a dad I recently met who had married a widow with two kids.  His wife and her children, of course, were already a family, and now he has been included into their family to create a new family. I sensed that he has really done some things right, and his appreciative and loving attit … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily : Unfairness in Parenting

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: What should you do when you and your spouse have different parenting styles, resulting in different rules and unfair treatment of your children?  What happens when your spouse has an abundance of patience and tolerance for their kids, but has zero tolerance for your child? Your child sees the blatant discrimination, and it causes their feelings to be hurt. They feel unloved and u … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Parenting Styles

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: One study shows that an important aspect to being a very happy couple in stepfamilies is the ability to come together around matters of parenting. These happy couples have discussed, and come to an agreement, on how to raise their children. Couples who find unity regarding discipline grow closer together and are much better equipped to manage the various things that come up while … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Parenting Matters Really Do Matter!

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Parenting matters is too often the very issue that tears couples apart. Often times, when two newlyweds are alone, life is good.  But add one or both sets of kids to the mix, and their happy marriage seems to go up in smoke. Why is that?  It’s a “couple issue” that is revealed when the kids are present.  If the couple can reason together and agree on such issues as:  discipline, pa … [Read more...]


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