Blending Your StepFamily: The Differences Between Helping and Enabling Irresponsible Stepchildren

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[display_podcast] Each of us should continue to learn to love each other as Christ has loved us.  And, I can’t think of a better place to learn how to really love than in a stepfamily.  It’s a daily choice to choose to love others as God has loved us.  It’s a growing process but that process begins with wanting to please God by loving the ones He has sent us.  And that always begins with our family whether it’s blended or not.  You and I both chose to marry our spouses and we knew they had kids. … [Read more...]

Blending Your Family: Know When to Seek Help! – Helping Children Cope with Divorce, part 2

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[display_podcast] Children’s response to going through the divorce is as varied as the kids themselves.  Some have a very hard time with it while others seem to take it in stride.  My son, who was four at the time of our divorce, took it quite well.  He never showed signs of anger and seemed quite content.  In fact, as an adult, he has remarked how he felt it was for the best and never regretted the divorce.  He saw his dad and dad’s family often and everyone loved on him, I am grateful that he … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Investing In Relational Capital

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: As stepparents, sometimes we can perceive more clearly some areas in our stepkids lives that need to change.  Perhaps you are noticing a pattern of lying, or sneakiness or the kids not following through on what they have promised.  Maybe they are manipulative and your spouse just doesn’t see it.  What do you do? First, I would recommend talking to your spouse about it and if you are … [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 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...]

Blending Your StepFamily 34: Is it Help or Helping to Keep Em’ That Way?

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[display_podcast]I pray that each of you are growing in the kingdom and learning to love each other as Christ has loved us.  You know, I can’t think of a better place to learn how to really love than in a stepfamily.  It’s a daily choice to choose to love others as God has loved us.  It’s a growing process but that process begins with wanting to please God by loving the ones He has sent us.  And that always begins with our family whether it’s blended or not.  You and I both chose to marry our … [Read more...]


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