dating a widower

Dating A Widower: I have been dating a widower for a little over a year now. I’ve known this man for over 20 years. He and his late wife were friends of our family when she was still alive. She died 3 1/2 years ago in a motorcycle accident. He was driving the motorcycle and …

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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 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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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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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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