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...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 3: Following God’s Lead

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After retiring from the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, I wanted to go and get equipped so that God could use me in ministry.  Although, I didn’t really know what that meant, or where or how God could use a guy like me.  So, I went back to San Diego State to finish my undergrad studies and worked with Youth For Christ while there.  And, while God was using us to do some great things during that time, I realized that the depth of my Biblical knowledge wasn’t where it needed to be, so I enrolled at Talbot T … [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 36: At a Crossroad

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[display_podcast]I met a lovely young woman this past weekend who we shall call Monique.  She is divorced and has a young daughter.  Her husband left her two years ago for another woman.  He moved out of their home they had bought together and right into the new woman’s.  Monique had to short sell her home due to the divorce and chose to move into a two-bedroom apartment.  She has suffered a lot of loss.  The death of her marriage, selling of her beautiful home, and the loss of time with her … [Read more...]

My Armor: Where Is God In Difficult Times?

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[display_podcast]In this week’s podcast, we take a look at Romans 5:1-11 and see how it relates to what’s going on in today’s world – both on a grand scale and as individuals. Romans 5 (TLB)So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully l … [Read more...]


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