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How To Cook a Stepfamily: Part Three

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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. [...]

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How To Cook a Stepfamily: Part Two

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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 [...]

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How To Cook a Stepfamily

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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 [...]

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Helping Stepchildren Cope with Dual Citizenship

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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 [...]

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How to Deal With a Destructive Parent: Part Two

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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 [...]

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How to Deal With a Destructive Parent: Part One

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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 [...]

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Stepmother’s Day?

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If there is one day of the year that can trigger elation or sadness for a stepmom, it’s usually Mother’s Day. And while stepfathers often find Father’s Day awkward, children and grandparents may find both [...]

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Discipline Do’s and Don’ts for Stepparents

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Read how to establish authority:  Discipline: A Delicate Balance for Stepparents At best, new stepparent authority is fragile and easily shattered. That’s why these do’s and don’ts  must be a priority. Do focus on relationship [...]

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Discipline: A Delicate Balance for Stepparents

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Emotional attachment, trust, and love are what open the door to influence in parenting. Once influence is established, an adult—foster parent, grandparent, adoptive parent, or stepparent—can lead and discipline a child. Said another way, the [...]

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Stepfamilies: Managing Conflicted Loyalty

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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 [...]

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