All Articles for Blended Family

blended families in quarantine

Without an Escape: Blended Families in Quara...

I worry about blended families in quarantine where emotions are being processed in a place that doesn’t feel safe. For stepchildren and stepparents alike.
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blended families

What’s the Right Place for Stepfamilie...

The effort to lump stepfamilies at church with biological families may have noble motivations. But it often leaves stepfamilies feeling unloved and unseen.
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empty nest remarriage

Remarrying in the Empty Nest Years

Most people mistakenly believe remarrying in the empty nest years is easier. But this union brings its own unique struggles.
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Blending Families

Blending Families Isn’t as Easy as the...

Many blended family weddings incorporate a ceremony called “blending of the sands.” But in reality it does not mean they have obtained “familyness.”
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rejection in blended families

The Path Through Rejection in Blended Famili...

Rejection in blended families hurts and is discouraging. What is needed is the resolve to keep going and a few helpful tools.
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Battle of the Moms in a Blended Family

Battle of the Moms in a Blended Family

Advice on seeing both the stepmom’s and biological mom’s perspectives.
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Setting Financial Boundaries in Blended Families

Setting Financial Boundaries in Blended Fami...

Blended family couples avoid many problems when they communicate and discuss money matters mutually.
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Guidelines for Discussing Finances With an Ex-spouse

Guidelines for Discussing Finances With an E...

These practical strategies will give you tools for a peaceful and effective interchange.
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‘I’m So Grateful to Know I’m Not Alone...

Josh and Tracey Devine barely survived their blended family turmoil, but with God’s grace and the help of resources like FamilyLife Blended®, they are now helping other stepfamilies survive and thrive.
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relationship with stepkids

What Would Joseph Do?

There is endless capacity for a loving relationship between a stepdad and his stepchildren.
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supporting your spouse in a stepfamily

Choosing Sides: Supporting Your Spouse in a...

When you must decide between siding with your child or your spouse in a blended family, choose your spouse.
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what a divorcing friend needs

5 Things Your Divorcing Friend Needs

Another friend called to tell me his wife filed for divorce. He’s devastated, yet ready to move on. I listened and wondered what my divorcing friend needs.
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Blended family in church

Going to Church As a Single Parent or Blende...

As a single mom turned stepmom, I look to the church for help to heal. But it’s challenging to feel accepted in a place where my family isn’t reflected.
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Remarriage

Two Funerals and a Wedding

Three ways I’ve helped my stepfamily grieve the deaths of both previous spouses.
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Identity crisis

The Search: Who Am I Now?

From widow and single mother to second wife and stepmom, my soul suffered an identity crisis.
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mother praying while children are busy coloring in the background

Survival Tips for the First Year of Stepfami...

Ten ideas that helped (or would have helped) my family during our first blended year.
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man and woman sitting at a table having a conversation

Some Good News About the Bad News About Marr...

Divorce rates aren’t really as bad as the academics were implying.
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Getting married again

Learning to Speak Marriage Again

A new marriage requires learning different forms of affection, communication, traditions, and expectations.
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Knowing God

A Healthy Stepfamily Needs ‘God-Esteem...

Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves, but that requires first knowing who we are in Christ.
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Go on a road trip

Creating Closer Relationships in Stepfamilie...

Strengthen bonds between kids and stepparents by going on a trip that doesn’t fit into the status quo.
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Co-Parenting

Co-Parenting Doesn’t Have to Be Ugly

When the world is telling you to blame your ex-spouse and embrace bitterness, you can work on turning your thoughts toward a peaceful working relationship.
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Holidays

A Time to Grieve During Stepfamily Holidays

Three helpful hints I use to navigate the holidays in my blended family.
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Adult child of divorce

Navigating the Holidays as an Adult Child of...

At Christmas, decisions for an adult child of divorce become especially difficult, with both parents vying for your loyalty and attention.
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Blended family

Grafting: A Painful but Beautiful Process fo...

Your blended family may have another river to cross and a few more battles to face, but don’t give up—significant rewards lie ahead.
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Stepparenting

Stepparenting and the Law

Even though the legal rights of a stepparent over his or her stepchildren is limited, love is not limited.
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Outsiders in blended families

Extending Love and Grace to Outsiders in Ble...

God showed His love for us by bringing the outsider in, and that’s how Christians should love the “extended” members of stepfamilies.
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Divorced parents

Divorced Parents Can Co-Parent Peacefully

Divorced parents should constantly evaluate themselves and ask if their behavior is helping or hurting their children.
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Stepgrandparent

The Role of a Stepgrandparent

As a stepgrandparent, you can be an important and influential role in the family with a little grace and wisdom.
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Stepparenting

Parents Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Biological parents who find themselves caught between their spouse and their child should step out of the conflict as often as possible.
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Relationship with stepchildren

How to Cook a Stepfamily

I like to use cooking as an analogy to identify some integration styles that stepfamilies attempt to utilize.
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Romance and sex

The Challenge of Re-Sex

Sex is an important part of remarriage, but a healthy sexual relationship doesn’t necessarily result in a healthy marriage.
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Stepparenting teenagers

Stepparenting Teenagers

Adolescence is a natural time of turmoil in nearly every family.
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Dealing with ex-spouse

Dealing With a Destructive Ex-Spouse

One of the most menacing dynamics attacking the health of a stepfamily is a destructive parent in the other home.
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Blended family

Setting Boundaries for a Meddling Ex-Spouse

When you have a new marriage and blended family, it's important to build a respectful working relationship with your ex.
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Holidays

Resurrected Pain

Be prepared to face loss as you celebrate the holidays.
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Having an ours baby

Having an ‘Ours’ Baby

If you are planning to have an ours baby, here are some suggestions to consider for preparation.
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Marriage

Placing Your Spouse in the Front Seat of You...

Your children will benefit when you make a strong commitment to your new spouse.
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Remarriage and blended families

10 Things to Know Before You Remarry

Challenges every single parent should consider before deciding to remarry.
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Having fun together

Maximizing the Fun Factor in Your Remarriage

A regular dose of fun, relaxing time together is a key part of a dynamic, fulfilling marriage relationship.
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Stepmom

Do You Feel Like an Outsider With Your Stepc...

Practical suggestions for stepmoms.
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Resolving conflict

Honest Communication Is a Stepfamily’s Gre...

Every time David successfully put off another conflict, he stored up resentment toward his wife or stepchildren for “controlling him.”
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Blended families

Stepfamilies: Is This Normal?

Blended families live in a different land than first-families.
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Talking about divorce

7 Suggestions for a Parent Going Through Div...

She did her best to turn our four sons and small community against me.
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God in control

Life Lessons of a Control Freak

The world I thought I had perfect control over had turned upside down. But that's when God started teaching me how to walk by faith.
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Stepfamilies

Stepfamilies Are Different … and the Same

Many couples think that their blended family will flow and function like a biological family, only with different people involved.
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Staying close in remarriage

Staying Close in Remarriage

Strong couples feel close to one another because they know what to do to make that happen.
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Blended family

When a Stepparent Feels Like an Outsider

When one of the two partners feels like an outsider, it doesn't just affect the family dynamics.
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Stepmom

Stepmom: The Place Between Rock and Hard

Stepfamilies are hard no matter what your circumstances were before remarriage. Here are seven practical steps for healthy relationships.
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Special needs blended family

Autism and the Blended Family

Your special needs stepfamily can find peace and stability with time and the right tools and perspective.
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Family meeting

Family Identity, Family Meeting

For stepfamilies, family meetings can build much needed family traditions, create memories, and establish a working family identity.
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Tips for stepfamilies

10 Survival Tips for Stepfamily Life

Many couples travel to the “foreign country” of stepfamily living with little or no preparation.
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Dealing with anger

Misplaced Frustration

We’ve all done it: We’ve all unjustly taken our anger against one person out on another. The question is, what do we do about it?
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Marriage

Everyone Thought They Were Perfect for Each...

Despite doing all the right things in seemingly right circumstances, Rob and Rhonda Bugh struggled to make their remarriage work.
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Blended families

A Roadmap to Harmony in Your Blended Marriag...

The simple events of everyday life can create hurt feelings and anger that send blended families down the road to isolation.
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Money and marriage

Don’t Let Money Ruin Your Marriage

A list of 34 questions to ask before the wedding.
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Blended family

Talking Blended

The terms used to define and describe the blended family experience vary from person to person.
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Money issues

Step-money: Getting to the Heart of the Matt...

When you combine the practical challenges of money management with the complications of stepfamily living, money issues become volatile.
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Stepparenting adult stepchildren

Second-Half Stepfamilies

Helping adult stepchildren transition into a stepfamily
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Church

God Loves Stepfamilies, Too

Christian stepfamily adults are often caught in a holding pattern around God and His church, unable to touch down in His love.
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Finding your way back to church

Guiding Stepfamilies Through Wilderness Wand...

While attempting to combine a new stepfamily, John and Diane were once again trying to accept the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Only their church wouldn't accept them.
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Church

Smart Churches, Smart Stepfamilies

If churches are going to remain strong, they must intentionally work to build smart stepfamilies.
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Special needs blended family

Swimming in the Blended Family Ocean

FamilyLife Blended™ is passionate about helping stepfamilies succeed.
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Stepfamily ministry

7 Steps to Beginning a Stepfamily Ministry

The core method of stepfamily ministry is starting a class or small group of couples who come together to study and support one another.
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Stepfamily relationships

Choosing Love

I’m convinced that God uses the stepfamily experience to teach His children about choosing love.
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Stepfamily relationships

Is It Graduation Time?

When is it time for stepfamilies and stepparents to graduate to the next stage of life? When is it time for them to stop viewing their relationships as new?
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Honoring mom on Mother's Day

Stepmother’s Day

Everyone agreed that stepparents should be acknowledged, but doing so was often awkward for the entire family.
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Heal before remarriage

Getting Honest About the Death of a Marriage

If you haven't dealt with your previous marriage, it's never too late. Taking the time to heal may be the most important thing you do for your second marriage.
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Couple checkup

Take the Couple Checkup

Discover your relational strengths and identify areas where you can grow in your marriage relationship.
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Remarried

They Thought Marriage Would Be Easy

Kyle and Jamie Soucie had been married before. This time, they figured, things would work out “happily ever after.”
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Remarriage

A Second Chance to Marry Jason

Even after we were divorced, my husband pursued me.
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Reconciliation

Correcting an Old Mistake

When Daryl Smith began calling his ex-wife Gwen, she just laughed. "You got me once. You won't get me twice."
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Marriage

Marriage Is Better the Second Time

Chip and Jan Winnard were like "two people trying to glue themselves together without the glue.”
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Stepparenting

Q&A: Who’s More Important— the C...

Developing a good relationship with a spouse and a stepchild
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Favoritism

Playing Favorites Can Wreak Havoc in a Stepf...

Stepfamilies are especially vulnerable to parental favoritism
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Fathers

Stepfather, What Do Your Kids Need?

You cannot afford to be a vanishing father to your biological children.
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For mom on Mother's Day

Stepmom to Stepmom

Sharing experiences of Mother’s Day.
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Dreading that Six-Week Summer Visitation

It's common for stepfamily kids to spend weeks at a nonresidential parent’s home during the summer. Here are some tips for managing the challenges.
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Remarriage affecting adult children

Becoming Friends and Family

Issues for second-half stepfamilies to consider.
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Role as stepparent

The Communication Difference

Making assumptions about your spouse’s thoughts, feelings, and motives is a risky endeavor.
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Stepfamily reality

A Matter of Perspective

The difference between premarried hope and stepfamily reality
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Divorced parents

13 Tips for Divorced Parents

When you and your ex-spouse fight, it's your children who suffer.
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Parenting

Telling Secrets in the Other Home

How do you deal with a child who is sharing private information with an ex?
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Parenting

Part-time Parenting

After a divorce, part-time parenting is challenging. Take the risk of acting like a parent and perhaps your children will respect you as one.
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Blended family in church

When Your Children’s Other Home Is Lea...

Children who have one parent not living a Christian life will need "spiritual inoculations" to help deal with an environment that's hostile to their faith.
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Holidays

Holiday Power Plays

How stepfamilies can curb conflict and tension during the Christmas season.
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Marriage checkup

A Relationship-Positioning System for Marria...

The Couple Checkup offers couples a checkup on the health of their marriage.
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Stepparenting

How to Build a Relationship With Your Stepch...

With healthy expectations and a specific strategy to build a relationship, a satisfying bond can be nurtured.
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Stepparenting

Q&A: Parenting Difficult Stepchildren

Children in blended families are going to feel like they don't belong, and they often take it out on the stepparent. But there is hope.
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Help children after divorce

9 Ways to Help Children Adjust to Two Homes

If they work together, divorced parents can help their children adjust to differences between homes.
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When Logic Said ‘No,’ My Heart Said ‘W...

As I considered remarriage, I was scared of the work it would take to blend these two families.
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Holiday stress for stepfamilies

13 Ideas to Manage Holiday Step-Stress

The normal stress of the holidays is multiplied for stepfamilies.
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Loyalty

The Loyalty Tug of War

Stepchildren often feel caught between their biological parents.
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Parenting, stepparenting

When the Children Feel Alienated

What to do when remarriage destabilizes a child’s world.
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Stepparents, stepparenting

The Dance of Want

The difficulty of seeking the respect and acceptance of a stepchild.
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Stepparenting

The Blame Game

The first two years of stepparent-stepchild relationships tend to be tense and stressful for everyone.
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Stepparenting

The Attachment Difference

Stepparents must develop a secure bond with their stepchildren.
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Stepparenting

Stepparenting Discipline Dos and Don’t...

A delicate balancing act for blended families.
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Stepparents

Encouragement for the Long Journey

Remember Hebrews 12:2 as you look forward to a future payoff for your parenting efforts.
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Stepparenting

The Overprotective Parent

Problems arise when a biological parent continually tries to guide, guard, and direct the stepparent’s every step.
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Parenting

Helping Stepchildren Cope with Dual Citizens...

Divorced parents who fight with each other are trampling on their most prized possession—their children who have to live in both homes
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Relationship with stepchildren

Bridge Building: Strengthening Relationships...

Finding an effective stepparent role is a challenge.
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Relationship with stepchildren

6 Tips for Building Relationships with Your...

Improving your relationship is a challenge, so be intentional.
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Jealousy

Overcoming the Jealousy Monster

Sarah and Michelle alike found themselves jealous of their stepchildren.
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Parenting

Where’s Mom?

It hurts to watch a child suffer rejection from an uninvolved parent. Or from an inconsistent parent who promises time together and repeatedly breaks the promise.
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Dealing with an ex-spouse

The Perplexes of the Exes

Learning to put away childishness when dealing with a previous spouse.
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Stepchildren

How to Develop Healthy Relationships with St...

Though stepfamilies may look like traditional nuclear families on the outside, the dynamics on the inside are very different.
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Stepfamily adults going to church

Stepping Up in a Stepfamily

The spiritual struggle of many Christian stepfamily adults.
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Stepdad and kids

11 Ways for a Stepdad to Engage With His Fam...

Suggestions from experienced stepfathers on conquering Stepdad Mountain.
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Remarriage or second marriage

Is Remarriage a Step in the Right Direction?

You must understand the challenges of stepfamily living in order to make an informed choice about remarriage.
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