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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.
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.
Figuring out effective consequences when kids make poor choices can be daunting. Couples often get stuck trying to figure out just the right action to take. Here's your 5-step plan to develop fitting and effective consequences.
Co-parents sometimes feel pressure to create consistency in the rules across their kids' two homes. The truth is, kids can adjust to different rules between their homes. Here's three misguided beliefs co-parents might struggle with and the steadfast principles to change them.
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!
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.
It can be frustrating when your kids don't seem to notice the great qualities in your spouse/partner. You can't force them to like their step-parent, but you can use this hidden strategy to help them discover more of what you see!