All in Bonding in Stepfamilies
Parenting is challenging for any couple, but step-couples need to carefully strategize the best approach to disciplining their kids, or the results can be detrimental. Learn how to facilitate close step-family relationships while following through on discipline in your home.
Strife in blended families can sometimes show up early and stick around late! Living under the same roof creates unexpected frustrations. If you identify with this…you're normal! Here's some simple ideas to help you move forward.
Communication can be tough in stepfamily life. Parents and step-parents sometimes wonder if what they really want to say is getting through. It will help if you drop these three words from your vocabulary!
Extending empathy can be challenging in the complexities of stepfamily life. Sometimes it's easier just to avoid the discomfort of engaging in each other's struggles. Let's get better at responding with empathy so that we can lead our stepfamily toward connection!
What results are you achieving with your step-kid(s)? If you're like me, you like to get results from your efforts. When it comes to our step-kids, it can be tough to figure out what we want our results to be and even tougher to figure out how to achieve them! Father's Day might actually help!
For moms and step-moms in stepfamilies, Mother's Day can sometimes be tainted with disappointment, resentment or heartache. But it doesn't have to be! Here's some thoughts that might help you have a great Mother's Day this year!
Many parents and step-parents look forward to holidays, vacations and other family oriented events with excitement and anticipation. Unfortunately, we don't always get what we hope for. Here's a few ideas that 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.
You cannot fabricate bonds in your stepfamily! You can only create the opportunity for bonding to take place. Read this week's article and take steps toward new connections.