Blending Your StepFamily: Helping Your Toddler Through Your Divorce

[display_podcast] Babies begin to learn from the ages of 6 – 8 months that they are a separate being from their parents and others.  Before now, baby probably could be passed around from one person to the next without any fuss.  But as he is learning to distinguish between himself and others, he may develop stranger anxiety.  So before you leave baby with someone new, make sure he feels comfortable and secure.  Babies of separation and divorce seem to have a harder time of accepting the trans … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: How Divorce Affects Your Baby

[display_podcast] Studies have shown that divorce does affect children.  But as parents, we want to minimize the bad affects of our divorce 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, as parents, is to help our child so that he does not regress emotionally and developmentally to an earlier stage of life.  So, when t … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 42: Parenting ‘Tweens During A Divorce or Separation

[display_podcast] Children ages nine-to-twelve, often referred to as Tweens, are able to speak about their feelings and they understand the reality of their family situations.  When their parents separate or divorce, they usually try hard to handle their feelings of sadness, anger and anxiety. They may handle things very resourcefully and disguise their feelings from everyone. Many become active in play as a way to cope. Some may also help out with new responsibilities or otherwise “manage” thin … [Read more...]

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

[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 37: Development Stage – Birth to 6 Months

[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...]


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