Blending Your StepFamily 44: Wisdom From A Six-Year-Old

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[display_podcast] Welcome to Blending Your Stepfamily!  YOU are the reason I am here.  I love your family, I understand the “differentness” of a step family and I really want your family to come to a place where everyone knows where they fit.  Stepfamilies have to negotiate and renegotiate their relationships.  And success is felt when the family members come to acceptance of those relationships.  You may never have the same bond or love with your stepchild as your own child but when you come to … [Read more...]

How Divorce Impacts Teenagers: 13-18 Years Old

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[display_podcast] We have been discussing how divorce effects children differently, depending on their ages.  It’s so important to be aware of this when a family is experiencing divorce, in order to help your child cope in ways that are most beneficial to them in their age group.  Today we will discuss how divorce impacts teens, ages 13-18 years of age. As teens grow so does their desire to be independent.  They still need you however.  Though it may seem they are rebelling against you and what … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 41: Parenting 6-8 year-olds During A Divorce or Separation

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[display_podcast]Six to eight-year-olds are in the stage of self-discovery.   Despite all of their own accomplishments and feats, kids this age base much of their own self-image on how they and others perceive their parents.  A child of this age desperately needs to see the good in his parents in order to define himself as good.  Just as he draws power from knowing his parents are well thought of, so too, he can be very hurt by any hint that they are not.Children of this age perceive cri … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 40: Parenting Preschoolers During A Divorce or Separation

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[display_podcast]We’ve been talking about the age of your child when the divorce happens so that you know how to best help your little one.  The age of the child is of concern for how to help your child to cope with the divorce and the changes in their surroundings.  Even babies sense things are not right when there is tension between his parents.What a baby needs from you is different from what a preschooler needs so knowing how to best help your child in the development stage they are i … [Read more...]

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 36: At a Crossroad

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[display_podcast]I met a lovely young woman this past weekend who we shall call Monique.  She is divorced and has a young daughter.  Her husband left her two years ago for another woman.  He moved out of their home they had bought together and right into the new woman’s.  Monique had to short sell her home due to the divorce and chose to move into a two-bedroom apartment.  She has suffered a lot of loss.  The death of her marriage, selling of her beautiful home, and the loss of time with her … [Read more...]


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