Many blended family weddings incorporate a ceremony called “blending of the sands.” But in reality it does not mean they have obtained “familyness.”
Rejection in blended families hurts and is discouraging. What is needed is the resolve to keep going and a few helpful tools.
Advice on seeing both the stepmom’s and biological mom’s perspectives.
Blended family couples avoid many problems when they communicate and discuss money matters mutually.
These practical strategies will give you tools for a peaceful and effective interchange.
Josh and Tracey Devine barely survived their blended family turmoil, but with God’s grace and the help of resources like FamilyLife Blended®, they are now helping other stepfamilies survive and thrive.
There is endless capacity for a loving relationship between a stepdad and his stepchildren.
When you must decide between siding with your child or your spouse in a blended family, choose your spouse.
Another friend called to tell me his wife filed for divorce. He’s devastated, yet ready to move on. I listened and wondered what my divorcing friend needs.
As a single mom turned stepmom, I look to the church for help to heal. But it’s challenging to feel accepted in a place where my family isn’t reflected.
Three ways I’ve helped my stepfamily grieve the deaths of both previous spouses.
From widow and single mother to second wife and stepmom, my soul suffered an identity crisis.
Ten ideas that helped (or would have helped) my family during our first blended year.
Divorce rates aren’t really as bad as the academics were implying.
A new marriage requires learning different forms of affection, communication, traditions, and expectations.
Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves, but that requires first knowing who we are in Christ.
Strengthen bonds between kids and stepparents by going on a trip that doesn’t fit into the status quo.
When the world is telling you to blame your ex-spouse and embrace bitterness, you can work on turning your thoughts toward a peaceful working relationship.
Three helpful hints I use to navigate the holidays in my blended family.
At Christmas, decisions for an adult child of divorce become especially difficult, with both parents vying for your loyalty and attention.
Your blended family may have another river to cross and a few more battles to face, but don’t give up—significant rewards lie ahead.
Even though the legal rights of a stepparent over his or her stepchildren is limited, love is not limited.
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 should constantly evaluate themselves and ask if their behavior is helping or hurting their children.
As a stepgrandparent, you can be an important and influential role in the family with a little grace and wisdom.
Biological parents who find themselves caught between their spouse and their child should step out of the conflict as often as possible.
I like to use cooking as an analogy to identify some integration styles that stepfamilies attempt to utilize.
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.
One of the most menacing dynamics attacking the health of a stepfamily is a destructive parent in the other home.