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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…
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!
Step-parents often feel like an outsider in their own home. Their spouse and step-kids share a connection that they just don't get. If you've ever felt this way in your stepfamily experience, you're a "stuck outsider"!
Parents in stepfamilies can often feel they are in a tug-of-war! They are stuck between their kids pulling them one way and their spouse tugging another. If you've ever felt that as a parent in your stepfamily experience, you're a "stuck insider"!
Step-family marriages can fall prey to the common issues of escalating conflict over money, sex and parenting just like all other couples. Yet it's the unique stepfamily challenges that can be so insidious. The divorce rate of stepfamily marriages is estimated to be double the divorce rate of first family marriages. But it doesn't have to be this way.
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!
Living in a blended family can feel so "heavy" so much of the time. Here's a few simple ideas to lighten the load!
Parenting in stepfamilies is tough! Each partner has their own parenting style and specific ideas about the right way to handle parenting and discipline. Don't let disagreements lead to conflict in your relationship. Learn how to make a difference by choosing to 'PLEDGE' every time you hit parental bumps in the road.
Parents in stepfamilies will often feel conflicted. They are wedged between their spouse and their children. Both are competing for time, attention and alignment to their preferences. Common stepfamily structure can sometimes cause an unhealthy Parent-Child Allegiance to form. Read more to see how you can build unity in your home.