Your stepfamily may have another river to cross and a few more battles to face, but don’t give up—significant rewards lie ahead.
Grafting: A Painful but Beautiful Process for Blended Families
Stepparenting and the Law
Even though the legal rights of a stepparent over his or her stepchildren is limited, love is not limited.
Extending Love and Grace to Outsiders in Blended Families
God showed His love for us by bringing the outsider in, and that’s how Christians should love the “extended” members of stepfamilies.
Divorced Parents Can Co-Parent Peacefully
Divorced parents should constantly evaluate themselves and ask if their behavior is helping or hurting their children.
The Role of a Stepgrandparent
You can be an important and influential role in the family with a little grace and wisdom.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Healthy leadership coalitions bolster the influence of the leaders in businesses and in families. When parents align to support each other, they lead from a position of unity. In blended…
How to Cook a Stepfamily
Whether you realize it or not, your stepfamily has likely assumed a specific integration style. By that, I mean a set of assumptions about how your stepfamily ‘ought’ to come…
The Challenge of Re-Sex
Sex is an important part of remarriage, but a healthy sexual relationship doesn’t necessarily result in a healthy marriage.
Adolescence is a natural time of turmoil in nearly every family.
Dealing With a Destructive Ex-Spouse
One of the most menacing dynamics attacking the health of a stepfamily is a destructive parent in the other home.
Setting Boundaries for a Meddling Ex-Spouse
When you have a new marriage and blended family, it’s important to build a respectful working relationship with your ex.
Be prepared to face loss as you celebrate the holidays.
13 Ideas to Manage Holiday Step-Stress
“If you think your life is hectic during the holidays, you ought to try coordinating schedules, dinner plans, and Christmas gifts with the parents of three households—most of whom don’t…
10 Things to Know Before You Remarry
Challenges every single parent should consider before deciding to remarry.
Having an ‘Ours’ Baby
“Should we have a baby together?” It’s an interesting question from stepfamily couples and I’m always taken aback by it. Couples on their first marriage never ask me that question!…
Placing Your Spouse in the Front Seat of Your Heart
Your children will benefit when you make a strong commitment to your new spouse.
Maximizing the Fun Factor in Your Remarriage
A regular dose of fun, relaxing time together is a key part of a dynamic, fulfilling relationship.
Do You Feel Like an Outsider With Your Stepchildren?
Practical suggestions for stepmoms.
Honest Communication Is a Stepfamily’s Greatest Ally
David’s new marriage was on the verge of failure. It wasn’t that he didn’t love his wife; they just could not agree on how much responsibility their children should have….
Stepfamilies: Is This Normal?
I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Africa a few times in my life. The rules of the road and expectations of other drivers are not like those in the…
7 Suggestions for a Parent Going Through Divorce
It was late in 2007 when I knew that something was not right in my marriage. My wife was very distant and didn’t want to talk about our problems. She…
Life Lessons of a Control Freak
Growing up, my parents provided for my brothers and me whatever they could, but money wasn’t always available. Yet they gave me something far greater than the expensive trappings of…
Stepfamilies Are Different … and the Same
I’ve been a therapist working with stepfamilies for over two decades, and I often can’t get couples to understand one simple truth: Stepfamilies are different from biological families. Many couples…
Staying Close in Remarriage
Strong couples feel close to one another because they know what to do to make that happen.
When a Stepparent Feels Like an Outsider
Did you ever play the game Lock Out on your school playground? The game begins when kids form a circle by interlocking arms. Then one person on the outside attempts…
Stepmom The Place Between Rock and Hard
Seven practical steps for healthy relationships within your stepfamily.
Autism and the Blended Family
Your special needs stepfamily can find peace and stability with time and the right tools and perspective.
Family Identity, Family Meeting
Corporations have strategy meetings on a regular basis. Department heads, supervisors, and managers get together to discuss current production goals, sales reports, and marketing efforts. The purpose behind such meetings…
10 Survival Tips for Stepfamily Life
Many couples travel to the “foreign country” of stepfamily living with little or no preparation.
We’ve all done it: We’ve all unjustly taken our anger against one person out on another. The question is, what do we do about it?