All in Parenting in Stepfamilies
Every parent wants to raise responsible kids, but telling our kids to be responsible seems to go in one ear and out the other. Read this article to understand how you can help your kids to internalize and learn to take responsibility for their own behavior…this logical strategy may surprise you!
It's tough when your kids say something that hurts. We get lost in our own emotions and often respond in a way we later regret. Here's 3 steps you can take to handling it well when hurtful words come from your kids…
We all understand that kids need motivation and guidance as they learn to manage their own behavior. But what's the best way to use incentives and rewards to move kids in the right direction? Find out how to help kids manage behaviors without resorting to ineffective bribery.
Power struggles in step-relationships pop up all the time! And the truth is step-couples can avoid them when they learn good strategies for parenting as a team. Here's 3 steps to getting there…
We all want to experience more connection in our stepfamilies. Here's 52 fun ways — big and small — that you can make that happen!
So often we get caught up in the short game — we make snap decisions in the moment without considering the long-term impact of those decisions. Find out how to play the long game instead. This could lead to big wins for your stepfamily now and in the future.
It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that love is about "more or less", "better or worse" in stepfamily life. That's a competition that no one can win. You need to adopt a different mindset if you want everyone to really win. Here's where to shift your focus.
Step-parenting can be confusing, chaotic and exhausting! For some, that might even be an understatement. But, sometimes we make it more confusing than it really needs to be. Here's three things every step-parent can focus on to gain some clarity in the chaos.
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.
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.
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.
Let's face it — parenting in a blended family can be exhausting. But don't give up! Here's 5 ways to stay motivated and avoid parental overload.
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.
Eventually step-couples discover that their parenting-styles are different. Their differences can lead to conflict — but what if they don't have to? Here's your guide to turning your differences into strengths!
You might believe that 'boundaries' are just to get kids to comply, but that really isn't the goal. Learn 4 Principles to provide stability, clarity, and motivation so that your kids develop self-control and responsibility for life!
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.
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.