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Sometimes well-meaning advice isn't the BEST advice. Many step-couples enter marriage deciding to put their relationship above everything else. But they're blindsided by how complicated that is. Let's clarify the realities and bring stability back to your home.
Most of our dreams and fairytales are centered around the things we get. But in reality, living fairytale moments is determined more by what we give. Find out 5 practical ways your commitments can move you closer to what you really want.
It's so easy to get "high-centered" on differences. Stepfamily life is already chaotic — the conflict your differences seem to create adds more fuel to the fire! But what if that fuel could be used for a good outcome? Maybe your differences are actually a good thing…
Sooner or later every couple feels like they are SO different. You've probably already thought that too! But you don't have to let those differences pull you apart. Use these 3 easy strategies to stop focusing on your differences and find your common ground instead!
A 'Code of Conduct' for your family can help everyone to move forward together. Check out this article to learn how to create and implement your own Code of Conduct today.
If you aren't intentional about where you're headed as a family, you'll probably end up somewhere you really don't want to go. Explore your family's 'Desired Destinations' and discover how to transform your family by moving in the right direction.
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!
When faced with difficult issues and conflicting emotions, I admit that I used to slide into negative thought patterns. In stepfamily life, it's easy for couples to get stuck in distorted thinking. I've been there! Find out how I overcame unproductive thinking and avoidance.
We all prioritize our days and weeks around something. (Whether we realize it or not.) When it comes to raising kids in a blended family, it's hard to know if we're prioritizing the right things. Here's 3 questions that will get you clear on what's really important.
Parenting and Partnership are inseparable in your step-family. Parenting takes teamwork, but the challenges of parenting can really mess up your team. Here's 3 things you need to protect your parenting and your partnership.
No one wants to deliberately head into the storm of conflict with their partner. Often, it seems more reasonable to simply avoid difficult conversations altogether. We've learned from our own experience that avoidance doesn't make anything better! Here's 3 steps to moving past avoidance and improving your communication.
Parenting in a blended family hits close to the heart. It's emotional and often causes conflict for step-couples. When you each stay focused on your own role, you can minimize that conflict and revolutionize your parenting partnership!
Creating connections in blended families isn't always intuitive. The most successful step-couples work on it as a team. Here's 5 steps you can take together that will help create more connection.
Every stepfamily has unique dynamics and distinctive qualities. Even in their uniqueness, every step-couple needs these three things in order to thrive — not just survive.
Entering into stepfamily life, bio-parents can have idealistic hopes, beliefs and expectations. But often the 'vision' of their family's future together doesn't seem to match reality. Discover 3 "P's" that will help parents avoid feeling frustrated and disappointed when things don't go as expected.
Conflict is simply a reality for step-couples. You already know this if you've been in a stepfamily for any length of time. The good news is, you can choose what kind of conflict you'll engage in. Here's three things you can clarify to avoid toxic conflict and choose healthy conflict instead!
An old familiar song can trigger memories from the past. It's the same with our relationships too. If you want to really love your current relationship, you've got to confront the past. Here's three steps to get you started.
The flame of romance might seem to be snuffed out early in stepfamily life. Step-couples can be overwhelmed by all the complexities of their new family. Here's three things to focus on to keep your flames burning.
More than just the kids are part of the package in a blended family marriage. Past relationships can impact current ones. Who else is tangoing with you and your spouse?
Wouldn't it be great if all our awesome expectations came true! If that euphoric, joy-filled dream of a smooth transition into stepfamily life was our reality! Unfortunately, that's not usually the case…don't get discouraged. Here's 3 things you can do…