Blending a family has its trials and tribulations, but when it comes to the wedding it can be a beautiful moment for everyone involved. Whether you’ve been divorced, widowed or have children from a previous relationship, there are a lot of various ways that the mixing of two families can happen. And when it does, …

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No kids allowed etiquette.

You allowed kids to come to your first wedding, and for whatever reason it was a disaster that scarred you for life. If you would rather not do the same for your second wedding but would rather not offend anyone, don’t panic. There’s plenty you can do to ensure ankle-biters do not attend your wedding. …

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Did children put a damper on your first wedding ceremony and reception? If you don’t feel like going through that again, well, who can blame you? Sure, some children are well-behaved thanks to their parents, but others are not (also thanks to their parents). The decision to have a child-free wedding is one likely to …

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Children Involvement In Wedding Ceremonies and Wedding Planning If you are trying to think of a way to involve a child in your second wedding there are plenty of imaginative and exciting ways children can be involved, especially in the ceremonies. Having children from a previous relationship, whether the bride, the groom, or both, the …

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From nieces and nephews to cousins and friends’ little ones, children are some of the most precious guests attending your wedding. They’re cute, sweet, energetic…and restless; however, organizing a few creative children’s activities in advance will make them happy campers! In addition to activities, it’s important to line up some kid-friendly dining options, as Chicken …

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flower girl ideas

Ideas For Children in the Wedding Reception Ways children participating in a second wedding or blended family wedding can play an integral role planning and hosting the wedding reception. As you prepare for your second stroll down the aisle, including your children in the ceremony may be a breeze, but you may be struggling with how to incorporate …

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Question: My fiance has two children, 9 and 7. We were recently engaged. We have lived together for about a year, and dated for another year prior. I have a wonderful relationship with both children, and very thankfully with my fiance’s ex-wife. We are so lucky in fact, that people often comment on how civil …

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Hello. I am hoping you guys could help me out. My fiance and I are getting married in just a few days, 6/14/2008. This is a second time around wedding for both of us. He had the wedding the first time, but I did not. We are having a church ceremony and intimate reception. The …

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second marriage issues

Question: My kids are 17 (g), 20 (g) and 22 (g) his (all boys) are 17, 24, and 26. Before we moved in together 3 yrs ago I was pretty much of a pushover. I held the line on important issues like substance abuse, sex, school, curfews, obeying the law but everything else was anarchy. I …

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My oldest child absolutely refuses to accept that her mother wants to remarry. Reader Question: I have been a widow for six years. I have been engaged for almost a year. I have two adult children that live away from home and one teenager still at home. My oldest (daughter) absolutely refuses to accept that her …

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kids and weddings

Stepkids Wedding Jewelry Question: I have an 8 yr old son and he has 2 daughters (11 and 15). We purchased engravable gifts from Things Remembered but haven’t had them engraved yet. There isn’t a ton of space and I want it to be truly meaningful. What do you think of ‘Dream – Believe – Achieve’ …

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remarriage and kids

The steps required to establish the couple as the foundation relationship of the home can sometimes feel like a win-lose situation for biological parents and children. It’s not, however, rather it’s a matter of significance. This doesn’t mean a spouse matters more than children, but that the marriage is essential to the stability of the home. In …

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step parenting tips

Parenting is challenging enough, and even more so if you’ve got stepkids. While a beautiful relationship isn’t going to happen overnight, it’s still entirely possible to enjoy a healthy bond with your stepchildren. Check out a few tips for making it happen: Have Realistic Expectations Give yourself time to form a relationship with your stepchildren! Love …

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step parenting

Thinking of marrying again? While this is a lovely concept, remarriage with kids after divorce needs to be thought through. If you’ve already been though a rough divorce or your spouse has died, it gets complicated when children are involved. Remarriage and children gets even more complicated if your groom also has kids. While many single parents …

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step parent battles

The Smart Stepparent: Discover Your Place in Your Stepchild’s Life Are you new to the world of step parenting and the blended family? When entering into a relationship with a person who has children, it can initially seem like an hard, slow and  muddy battle. You need to understand that you will most likely end up …

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Having a special understanding of family identity is central to building a foundation of love and support for your family members. For your children, creating a special identity within your family will give them the strength and support they will need to help them confront all of life’s challenges. You can craft a family identity …

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Bridge-building Tips for Stepparents  Are you new to the world of being a stepparent? A stepparent’s job is both unique and difficult, in that you want to be there for a child that isn’t biologically yours, yet you still feel a connection to him or her as a family member. For this reason, being a …

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Dressing the Kids for the Wedding What’s a wedding photo without an angelic flower girl in a fancy dress or a pink-faced cherub of a ring bearer in a short suit? There’s no doubt about it, kids are adorable, especially when dressed up in patent leather shoes. And something about their innocence certainly does add …

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family medallion ceremony

Involving Children and Families in the Wedding Your wedding day symbolizes more than the bond between two people; it is the day a new family is created. If you or your fiancé have children already, then your wedding day should mean the same thing to them, a day when they become part of something new. …

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Ways to Truly Bond With Your New Step Children Second marriages are an amazing thing. Not only do you get to experience being in love and marrying that person again, but this time you also get to know you are with someone you love. You get the same first few years of excitement, a honeymoon …

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Tips to Help With Getting Kids Dressed Up For a Wedding What’s a wedding photo without an angelic flower girl in a fancy dress or a pink-faced cherub of a ring bearer in a short suit? There’s no doubt about it, kids are adorable, especially when dressed up in patent leather shoes. And something about …

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Important Questions to Ask Your Potential Mate Who Has Children. Remember, These Are The Issues Most Stepfamilies Struggle With During a Remarriage. Q: What are your daily and weekly routines/schedules? A: Lack of routines/regular schedules creates high stress levels and conflict between the biological parents and new couple. Adding predictability and structure to daily and weekly schedules decreases …

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Are you prepared for the hard work and dedication needed to create an amazing blended family? While we’re all familiar with single-parent families, stepfamilies and traditional families, the phrase blended families may be less obvious. What, exactly, is a blended family? 65% of remarriages include children from previous relationships, so the number of families “blending” …

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Ways children participating in a second wedding or blended family wedding can play an integral role planning the wedding reception. As you prepare for your second stroll down the aisle, including your children in the ceremony may be a breeze, but you may be struggling with how to incorporate them into the reception. You can …

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Children Involvement In Wedding Ceremonies & Wedding Planning If you’re bringing children from a previous relationship, ‘what will the children do on the wedding day?’. Whatever you do, don’t leave this until the last moment. If you are trying to think of a way to involve a child in your second wedding there are plenty of …

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Important Questions to Ask Your Potential Mate Who Has Children: The following questions outline the issues that most stepfamilies struggle with during a remarriage. Q: What are your daily and weekly routines/schedules? A: Lack of routines/regular schedules creates high stress levels and conflict between the biological parents and new couple. Adding predictability and structure to daily and …

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Marriage is a big deal. It is not something you should rush into. You have to take time to find that special person you want in your life that you are ready and willing to stick with through the good and the bad. Most people who have been divorced find it hard to remarry especially …

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Parental Unity Rules. Building a Solid Parenting Team. Parental unity is important in any family. A parenting team that is divided will not succeed. There are certain rules that will help make your team solid and united. They will help keep you on the same side and make working together better. You should be proactive. …

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Combining Holiday and Family Traditions As A New Family Combining anything is difficult especially if it affects people who have different positions on the subjects. Combining Holiday and family traditions are especially a very tricky. Traditions are defined as systematic ways a family or organisation may conduct their lives and their business. Traditions are formed …

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A New Family Is Overwhelming: For Adults, Kids & Everybody Else Involved Huddled on the cold floor of the orphanage with a bevy of different children of all ages, I was painfully aware that it was adoption day. There was usually one day every two weeks when couples came looking to fulfil some desire; be …

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Stepgrandparenting is steadily becoming a norm. How to bring a step parents into your family. It is always heartening to see a relationship stand the test of time but the reality is that many relationships do not. It is quite natural for two people to fall apart over the years, whether or not there are …

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Wedding planning with kids is not a daunting challenge. It is just that you should have the right approach. A wedding requires a lot of planning and if either or both the bride and the groom have kids then the situation requires even defter handling. Wedding planning with kids is not a daunting challenge. It …

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Blended Families Suggestions for Developing A Bond With Stepchildren Stepparents may find it difficult to develop a strong bond with their stepchildren. Kids undergo a lot of turmoil when their parents separate and get divorced. Irrespective of the age and characteristic attributes of the kids, they are going to feel the change and they will …

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