All in Kid's Perspectives
It's common for bio-parents to feel stuck having to choose between their kids and their partner — and for step-parents to feel like they're in competition with a step-child. It doesn't have to be that way. Here's how you can end the competition and get unstuck…and stay united in the process!
Change is a way of life for most blended families — and many of the changes are unexpected. This is tough for adults and even tougher for kids. Your kids need your support to navigate all that change. Here's 3 practical ways to help.
It's frustrating and painful when an Ex's toxic influence is tainting your relationship with your child or step-child. Learn three things you CAN do to rise above the battle and win the war, while promoting peace in your stepfamily.
It's tough to handle kids' difficult emotions and poor behavior. Uncover some of the underlying issues and learn two key strategies to help you stay united in your partnership and move your stepfamily move forward.
Children living in step family dynamics quickly discover how to push their step-parent's buttons - how to manipulate, interfere and even sabotage relationships. Learn what you can do survive and thrive as a step-parent, even when step-kids are waging war.
Parents and step-parents focus on "getting it right" when they're deciding on consequences for their child's poor behavior. The real focus needs to be on helping kids learn responsibility. Here's how to change your focus.
Overcoming your own fears when your child talks about their struggles is tough. You may feel inadequate. You might experience some guilt. Or maybe it's just uncomfortable. But, your kids need you to be their partner when they process difficult emotions. Here's why.
Just like the growth of a tree is affected by the quality of its environment, our kid's emotional health is impacted by the relationships around them. Is conflict contaminating your kid's environment? What steps CAN you take to create a peaceful home where kids thrive?
Mid-life step-couples are often stunned and disappointed when their adult children object to their decision to remarry. Understanding a few helpful tips can help lead to more acceptance and peace with everyone in your new stepfamily.
Conflict between parents negatively impacts children. It burdens them with undue emotional anxiety and stress. Here's one useful strategy that can promote peaceful communication with your ex, while leaving your dignity intact.
Parents and step-parents can sometimes cause their kids to feel stuck. Adults want to move on with their life, but kids are still clinging to the past. Learn how to help your kids get unstuck.
Children can face hundreds of tensions living in a stepfamily structure. We don't like to see them struggling, so we jump right to "fix-it" mode. Why doesn't it seem to help? Why do we keep facing the same problem over and over again. Let's see if we can figure this out.
Kids in stepfamilies can be "caught in the middle" in lots of different ways. Many kids are stuck in tensions between mom and step-mom or dad and step-dad. Let's see how we can help.
Some adults hold onto the belief that kids are "emotionally sturdy" and able to easily bounce back from difficult experiences and painful emotions, but this just isn't the case. When parents are present for their kids emotionally, helping them to cope with negative feelings, and guiding them through periods of family stress, their children are shielded from many of the damaging effects of divorce.
Very simply put, our kids want to be connected to the people they love - just like we do. They want to be able to enjoy their relationships without any strings attached. However, children being shared by two separate households are often gripped with a perceived tension; that they must align with one or the other.
Parental Alienation occurs when one parent intentionally and systematically alienates a child from the other parent, their home and extended family. How do you know if you're a victim of Parental Alienation and what can you do about it?
Let's be honest. Sometimes it feels like our kids and/or step-kids are just trying to manipulate us! But maybe if we try to slip into their shoes, we'll find out a little more about what might be underlying their behavior. Maybe they aren't trying to sabotage our romantic life after all!