There is endless capacity for a loving relationship between a stepdad and his stepchildren.
From widow and single mother to second wife and stepmom, my soul suffered an identity crisis.
Ten ideas that helped (or would have helped) my family during our first blended year.
Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves, but that requires first knowing who we are in Christ.
Strengthen bonds between kids and stepparents by going on a trip that doesn’t fit into the status quo.
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.
Three helpful hints I use to navigate the holidays in my blended family.
At Christmas, decisions for an adult child of divorce become especially difficult, with both parents vying for your loyalty and attention.
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.
Even though the legal rights of a stepparent over his or her stepchildren is limited, love is not limited.
God showed His love for us by bringing the outsider in, and that’s how Christians should love the “extended” members of stepfamilies.
Divorced parents should constantly evaluate themselves and ask if their behavior is helping or hurting their children.
Biological parents who find themselves caught between their spouse and their child should step out of the conflict as often as possible.
I like to use cooking as an analogy to identify some integration styles that stepfamilies attempt to utilize.
One of the most menacing dynamics attacking the health of a stepfamily is a destructive parent in the other home.
When you have a new marriage and blended family, it’s important to build a respectful working relationship with your ex.
If you are planning to have an ours baby, here are some suggestions to consider for preparation.
Every time David successfully put off another conflict, he stored up resentment toward his wife or stepchildren for “controlling him.”
She did her best to turn our four sons and small community against me.
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.
Many couples think that their blended family will flow and function like a biological family, only with different people involved.
When one of the two partners feels like an outsider, it doesn’t just affect the family dynamics.
Stepfamilies are hard no matter what your circumstances were before remarriage. Here are seven practical steps for healthy relationships.
Your special needs stepfamily can find peace and stability with time and the right tools and perspective.
For stepfamilies, family meetings can build much needed family traditions, create memories, and establish a working family identity.
Many couples travel to the “foreign country” of stepfamily living with little or no preparation.
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?
The terms used to define and describe the blended family experience vary from person to person.
I’m convinced that God uses the stepfamily experience to teach His children about choosing love.
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?
Everyone agreed that stepparents should be acknowledged, but doing so was often awkward for the entire family.
Developing a good relationship with a spouse and a stepchild
Stepfamilies are especially vulnerable to parental favoritism
You cannot afford to be a vanishing father to your biological children.
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.
Making assumptions about your spouse’s thoughts, feelings, and motives is a risky endeavor.
How do you deal with a child who is sharing private information with an ex?
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.
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.
With healthy expectations and a specific strategy to build a relationship, a satisfying bond can be nurtured.
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.
If they work together, divorced parents can help their children adjust to differences between homes.
The normal stress of the holidays is multiplied for stepfamilies.
The first two years of stepparent-stepchild relationships tend to be tense and stressful for everyone.
Remember Hebrews 12:2 as you look forward to a future payoff for your parenting efforts.
Problems arise when a biological parent continually tries to guide, guard, and direct the stepparent’s every step.
Divorced parents who fight with each other are trampling on their most prized possession—their children who have to live in both homes
Finding an effective stepparent role is a challenge.
Improving your relationship is a challenge, so be intentional.
Sarah and Michelle alike found themselves jealous of their stepchildren.
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.
Though stepfamilies may look like traditional nuclear families on the outside, the dynamics on the inside are very different.