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...]

Blending Your StepFamily: StepFamilies Who Meet Together Stay Together

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: The wedding day has come and gone, the honeymoon (if you were blessed enough to enjoy one) is over… So now what? You’ve brought your two families together and you’re all living under one roof.  It’s exciting, but it can also be a sad time, especially for the kids.  Their dreams of seeing their parents reunite has been dashed by your new marriage.  And if you’ve not been included mu … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Healthy Communication, Part 2

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Picking up where we left off last week, healthy communication is a part of a strong foundation for a family.  If the foundation decays, the family inevitably falls apart – and the parents must lead the way toward effective, healthy communication. Assertive communication clearly states what you desire and need with respect, clarity and boundaries. And, it supports the other person to … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Healthy Communication, Part 1

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: It’s been said that the key to any happy marriage is healthy communication.  In the cases of blended families, it’s not only the key to happiness, but paramount to the marriage’s survival. Therefore, let’s consider these questions:Do I feel that I am heard and understood by my spouse? Do I really hear my spouse, or do I make assumptions and think, “I know what they’re sayin … [Read more...]


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