All in Bonding in Stepfamilies
Unconditional love is often difficult to wrap our brains around. Can it really exist in stepfamilies? Sometimes it feels like we'll never experience the respect, connection…or unconditional love we may have hoped for early on. Here's some things to consider as you keep moving forward.
The complexity of stepfamily life can sometimes lead to unexpected challenges. Favoritism is one of those challenges that can wreak havoc and cause a lot of pain for kids and adults alike. Discover 4 Favoritism Traps and how you can build more equality in your stepfamily.
Just about every couple that's been together for a while has lost a bit of that "spark" in their connection. The chaos of stepfamily life takes over and before you know it, the romance is waning. But you don't have to settle for that…check out how you can re-create some of that old spark this week!
We all want to experience more connection in our stepfamilies. Here's 52 fun ways — big and small — that you can make that happen!
Sometimes "winning" in a stepfamily feels impossible. But most weeks we actually have dozens of little wins that slip by unnoticed. And they take our enjoyment with them. Don't let that happen to you! Instead, try out these 5 steps and capture those little wins you've been missing.
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.
Many step-couples experience disappointment when their family doesn't seem to be 'blending' in a way that builds strong bonds. Discover how to 'cook' your stepfamily so that healthy bonds will naturally grow. Then you can relax and enjoy your family more!
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…
It's so easy to focus on the negative when it comes to talking about life in a blended family. It's true…stepfamilies come with some unique challenges, but they also come with some opportunities to build some great strengths. Here's 3 positives you may not have thought about.
Every blended family faces some disappointments…it's part of the journey. But, less disappointment equals more peace, joy and connection. Here's 4 tips on how to minimize disappointments so you and your family can live a happier life!
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.
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!
Vulnerability isn't a virtue in our modern day culture. When vulnerability is absent in our homes, bonds break down. We all try to hide behind a façade to feel better about ourselves to some degree. But our kids and step-kids need to see behind the curtain. Here's three reasons you need to be vulnerable at home
Your kids and step-kids are each unique. They have a way of perceiving the world that doesn't always match yours. How can you be sure what you want to teach them is really getting through? Here's a great resource for parenting in a way that meets kids where they are.
Did you know it takes an average of 7 years for a stepfamily to start 'clicking'? Should you just wait around for connections to build, or can you do something to speed it up? Here's an idea on how you might shorten the average.
I wanted to make a positive difference in my step-daughter's life. Establishing my authority must be one a first priority in order to get there, right? Maybe not...here's another way...
Mid-life step-couples are often stunned and disappointed when their adult children object to their decision to remarry. Understanding a few helpful tips can help lead to more acceptance and peace with everyone in your new stepfamily.
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.