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...]

Ouxano 53: Fathers, Read To Your Kids!

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[display_podcast]Guys – it’s incredibly important that you read, out loud to your kids.I have six kids from age five to twenty – four girls and two boys and my wife and I developed reading as a family tradition almost by accident.  I say “almost” because we both had the desire that our children would read well and enjoy good literature, but didn’t know at the time the HUGE benefits that have been proven out when fathers read to their kids.Studies have overwhelmingly shown that, especi … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 32: Walking in the Spirit – Self Control

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 [display_podcast]Today we are going to talk about the last fruit of the Holy Spirit which is:Self Control.Paul listed nine godly virtues that constitute the fruit of God's Spirit—the inward and outward effect of having the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. They are "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control"(Galatians 5:22-23)What a stark contrast they are to the actions of man's rebellious nature that Pa … [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...]

Reflections of Grace 31: Walking in the Spirit – Gentleness

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[display_podcast]In the Greek a detailed description of the word gentleness means meekness, mildness, forbearance.    This is not an outward expression of feeling, but an inward grace of the soul, calmness toward God in particular.  It is the acceptance of God's dealings with us considering them as good in that they enhance the closeness of our relationship with Him.  This kind of meekness does not blame God for the persecutions and evil doings of men.  It is not the result of weakness, but … [Read more...]


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