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Stepparenting Teenagers

One of my favorite parent educators, Roger Allen, once said, “I have good news and bad news about the terrible 2s. The good news is that they only last around…

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11 Ways for a Stepdad to Engage With His Family

“How tall is it?” I ignorantly asked a Kenyan missionary. “Mount Kilimanjaro is over 19,000 feet tall,” he smiled. “It’s big!” No kidding, I thought. I could see the outline of the…

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Stepmom The Place Between Rock and Hard

When I saw the uncontrollably shaking shoulders of my stepdaughter-in-law as she wept at our wedding, I knew the stepmom life was going to be harder than I thought. Since…

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Misplaced Frustration

Daniel and his wife of two years, Sonja, each brought two children into their marriage. Sonja pointed out to Daniel that each time his ex-wife disappointed his oldest daughter, Cassandra,…

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The Communication Difference

There are many unique stepfamily dynamics that surround couples in blended families. I like to call them “familyness factors.” And there are also dynamics between the couple which are extremely…

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QA Parenting Difficult Stepchildren

My husband and I have developed a serious conflict over how to handle his 19-year-old son (my stepson). The son recently left college and moved back home, and he now…

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Encouragement for the Long Journey

After a recent webinar for stepparents I was struck by the number of participants whose unsolicited feedback went something like this: “Thanks for the information tonight. I feel encouraged—I think…

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Stepparenting Discipline Dos and Donts

Emotional attachment, trust, and love are what open the door to influence in parenting. Once that is established, an adult—foster parent, grandparent, adoptive parent, or stepparent—can lead and discipline a…

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Stepping Up in a Stepfamily

“Thanks for recognizing that we’re not the church’s dirty little problem.” John was spiritually paralyzed by his past. “I just never thought I could go back to church again, after…

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