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

[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 32: Helping Children Cope with Divorce Part 2 – Knowing When to Seek Help

[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: Helping Your Child Cope With Divorce – Your Recovery Counts, Too!

[display_podcast] If you have ever flown, you know the emergency instruction to parents traveling with children is to first put the oxygen mask on yourself so you can then put it on your child.  You won’t be much good to them if you pass out from lack of oxygen.  You must take care of you so you can then take care of them.  So it is with coping with divorce.  You must take care of yourself so that you can be there for them. Your own recovery is vital to your children.  If you can be calm and em … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Healthy Perspectives Lead to Healthy Families

[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Let’s talk about perspectives today, what is perspective and how does it influence our attitudes and decisions.  Is the glass half full or half empty, it boils down to your perspective. To quote Rick Riordan:“Humans see what they want to see.” I recently heard of a study that really explains the importance of perspective.  In the experiment, children were divided into two group … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 55: Alienated

[display_podcast] I recently received a comment on a podcast I did entitled Ever Feel Like Giving Up?   In it I was speaking to the adults of stepfamilies and encouraging them not to give up though I understand it can be very hard at times. The comment I received was from a stepchild we’ll call JJ. This is part of what she wrote:“Step parents complaining about their step children is SO OFFENSIVE. So highly offensive. They FREELY CHOSE to have step children. The step children did not freely … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Feel Like Giving Up?

[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: Do you ever feel like just throwing in the towel?  You’re tired of going around the same mountain over and over again.  You feel like you may never get the victory, may never see the change come, may never experience the freedom you are craving. I felt like giving up this weekend.  Same old problem raised its ugly head again in my blended family.  Lord, will it ever change?  Will we … [Read more...]


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