Blending Your StepFamily: How Divorce Affects Your Baby

[display_podcast] Studies have shown that divorce does affect children.  But as parents, we want to minimize the bad affects of our divorce 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, as parents, is to help our child so that he does not regress emotionally and developmentally to an earlier stage of life.  So, when t … [Read more...]

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 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: Blood Is Thicker Than Water, But LOVE Is Thicker Than Blood

[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: They say that blood is thicker than water meaning that blood family ties are stronger than other ties.  Janet loved her stepson, James, as her own.  His birth mom had been in and out of his life, more out than in.  And when she did come around, she showed little attention to his interests.  She rarely attended a game, was not involved in his schooling; she was more about herself than … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 51: Relational Capital

[display_podcast] From Pam Rohr, author of Blended but not Broken - Hope and Encouragement for Blended Families: In one of our blended family classes, we had a couple join us half way through the 10-class sessions. So they had not begun the classes with the rest of the members. We asked them to tell a little about themselves so that we along with the rest of the class could get to know them a bit. They were a blended family - they had one son from his previous marriage who lived with them full … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 46: Broken

[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...]