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Second Half Stepfamilies

2017-02-03T11:17:29-07:00By |Categories: Marriage|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Most people are very surprised to learn that adult stepfamilies (those that are formed in the second-half of life and include adult stepchildren) have just as many transitions as stepfamilies with younger children. Some of the [...]

How To Cook a Stepfamily: Part Three

2017-02-03T11:17:30-07:00By |Categories: Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Previously, we looked at 5 different stepfamily parenting styles and introduced the crockpot method.  Today we finish off the series with some practical ideas for family activities that can help with stepfamily integration. [...]

How To Cook a Stepfamily: Part Two

2017-02-03T11:17:30-07:00By |Categories: Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether we realize it or not, stepfamilies likely assume a specific integration style. By that, I mean a set of assumptions about how a stepfamily 'ought' to come together. I like to use cooking as [...]

How To Cook a Stepfamily

2018-07-23T12:31:41-07:00By |Categories: Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether we realize it or not, stepfamilies likely assume a specific integration style. By that, I mean a set of assumptions about how a stepfamily 'ought' to come together. I like to use cooking as [...]

Helping Stepchildren Cope with Dual Citizenship

2017-02-03T11:17:30-07:00By |Categories: Featured, Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Most stepchildren live in two countries; that is, they hold citizenship in two homes and are invested in the quality of life found in both. Parents should do everything they can to help children thrive [...]

How to Deal With a Destructive Parent: Part Two

2017-02-03T11:17:31-07:00By |Categories: Featured, Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Read part one of this series. I’ll never forget receiving a call from a woman I’ll call Carrie. She had recently remarried and needed some marital counseling. But what caught me off guard was the [...]

How to Deal With a Destructive Parent: Part One

2017-02-03T11:17:31-07:00By |Categories: Featured, Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sarah called my office with a question I have heard a thousand times. “My husband’s ex-wife is a very unhealthy person. She attacks us frequently in front of the kids and manipulates them constantly. How [...]

Stepfamilies: Managing Conflicted Loyalty

2016-08-18T19:48:35-07:00By |Categories: Featured, Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Read part one of this series: Stepfamilies: The Loyalty Tug-of-War Read part one of this series: Stepfamilies: The Loyalty Burden of Care   Loyalty conflicts can’t be completely eliminated, but they can be managed. Here’s [...]

Stepfamilies: The Loyalty Burden of Care

2017-02-03T11:17:35-07:00By |Categories: Featured, Step Family Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Read part one of this series: Stepfamilies: The Loyalty Tug-of-War In addition to troublesome emotions, what is most problematic in the loyalty tug-of-war is the perceived burden to take care of someone. One 5-year-old innocently [...]