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...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Wounds and Forgiveness

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended But Not Broken: Today, we’re going to talk about forgiveness and emotional wounds. Forgiveness is a foundational must in order for our emotional wounds to heal. While none of us can escape being hurt along life’s path, it’s what we do with those disappointments and betrayals that define us. I’ve heard people say, “I could NEVER forgive them!” and I could certainly understand, because I, too, have been hurt to the point of not wanting to forgiv … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 46: Broken

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[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended Not Broken: I am going to share right from my heart today. Lately I’ve been a bit discouraged about recording more podcasts and blogs about blended families. The truth is, I felt like a hypocrite because my blended family is not how it used to be and not how I want it to be. Satan has been telling me I’m a hypocrite and I listened for a while until I was told once again how much these principles are helping families to blend. I was taking on fa … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Five Tips for Success in Your Remarriage with Children

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[display_podcast] This week, we’ll discuss five tips that lead to a successful blended family.  All of these take time and conscious effort, but have huge payoffs in creating a harmonious, loving family in the end. 1)  Maintain an atmosphere of family inclusiveness.  Make it clear that we are one family and we are ALL important.  This must begin with BOTH parents.  The two of you, together, set the tone for the whole family.  Even if the kids resist and are stand-offish, keep at it.  Your perse … [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...]


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