The process of planning and preparing for the wedding can help build family identity and bonding even before the ceremony.
You’ve invested time to build your relationship with your partner. You need to be just as intentional with children to co-create a blended family.
It can feel overwhelming to plan a blended family wedding. Here are six drama-free ideas to make your ceremony special.
Your stepfamily wilderness season may involve a broken marital vow, a stepchild who doesn’t want to be part of the family, or loneliness. Regardless of your circumstances, you don’t have to stay stuck wandering in the wilderness.
What makes a man marriage material? In my own search, I’ve kept a list of nonnegotiables—most revolve around Christlike character.
I began to see how God would use my broken engagement when I stopped fighting for control. He wanted to grow me through it.
Most people mistakenly believe remarrying in the empty nest years is easier. But this union brings its own unique struggles.
Many blended family weddings incorporate a ceremony called “blending of the sands.” But in reality it does not mean they have obtained “familyness.”
Blended family couples avoid many problems when they communicate and discuss money matters mutually.
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.
When you must decide between siding with your child or your spouse in a blended family, choose your spouse.
Three ways I’ve helped my stepfamily grieve the deaths of both previous spouses.
Divorce rates aren’t really as bad as the academics were implying.
A new marriage requires learning different forms of affection, communication, traditions, and expectations.
Sex is an important part of remarriage, but a healthy sexual relationship doesn’t necessarily result in a healthy marriage.
Your children will benefit when you make a strong commitment to your new spouse.
Challenges every single parent should consider before deciding to remarry.
A regular dose of fun, relaxing time together is a key part of a dynamic, fulfilling marriage relationship.
Strong couples feel close to one another because they know what to do to make that happen.
Despite doing all the right things in seemingly right circumstances, Rob and Rhonda Bugh struggled to make their remarriage work.
The simple events of everyday life can create hurt feelings and anger that send blended families down the road to isolation.
A list of 34 questions to ask before the wedding.
When you combine the practical challenges of money management with the complications of stepfamily living, money issues become volatile.
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.
Discover your relational strengths and identify areas where you can grow in your marriage relationship.
Kyle and Jamie Soucie had been married before. This time, they figured, things would work out “happily ever after.”
Even after we were divorced, my husband pursued me.
When Darryl Smith began calling his ex-wife Gwen, she just laughed. "You got me once. You won't get me twice."
Chip and Jan Winnard were like "two people trying to glue themselves together without the glue.”
The Couple Checkup offers couples a checkup on the health of their marriage.
As I considered remarriage, I was scared of the work it would take to blend these two families.
You must understand the challenges of stepfamily living in order to make an informed choice about remarriage.