Category: Influence of Children

Becoming a Step Father – An Insider Perspective

By Alyssa Johnson Step-parenting is hard work. Becoming a step father has challenges all it’s own. Rather than just another boring article, why not hear some comments from real kids I’ve worked with and let’s pretend it’s a diary entry written from a kid discussing her fears and expectations about her prospective step-father. Step Father […]

A New Home Gives Space to Blending Families

When two families join together through marriage, there are a number of issues that need to be sorted out so that everyone feels comfortable with the new family unit. One important item that needs to be settled prior to the wedding day is the question about where this new mixed family will live. As we […]

Child Custody Issues in Step Parenting

Step parenting involves dealing with a lot of child custody issues. These issues range from making sure one of the parents can pick up a child for visitation to preparing for custody court. For many step parents, learning how to deal positively with the custody issues cuts down on stress and helps them develop good […]

Step Parenting – A Challenge

It is usual to travel through thin and skinny in life. You thought life would be difficult being a parent, however you want to never have imagined that life would be even more durable being a step parent. Some months ago, your spouse would have looked for a divorce attorney or a divorce lawyer to […]

Divorce, Remarriage, and Step Parenting

Here’s an eye opener: while the divorce rate among couples married for the first time is slightly over fifty percent, it’s even higher among those with second marriages. And because nearly three-quarters of those who end their first marriages in divorce marry again within three to five years, there are a lot of kids going […]

Step-Parenting & The New Marriage

Dear Lauren, I was recently married to a woman who has three sons.  I married with the full intention and desire to help parent and raise the boys.  Now I am finding that I meet a lot of resistance from my wife.  Every time I tell the boys to do or not do something, she […]

Increasing Your Family Quality Time

I just read a mind blowing statistic.  According to a survey conducted by the Nielsen Company, the average amount of time that parents spend in meaningful conversation with their children is a mere thirty-nine minutes per week – or, less than six minutes per day!  Six minutes per day?  Really?  Does this statistic surprise you?  […]

Insights Into Establishing A Harmonious Blended Family

Many adults are getting married with children already in the wings. The result – blended families – can be greatly rewarding, although not without conflict. This article highlights some areas of concern for blended families and how to deal with them. It is not uncommon these days for couples to pursue remarriage with children already […]

The Stepchild’s Point of View

My son became a stepchild at nine, after being the only child of a single mom since he could remember. When he grew up, he shared this with me: “The odd thing for a child who becomes part of a stepfamily is that their sense of the safe and familiar becomes totally disrupted almost overnight. Especially when […]

Remarriage Preparation – How to Manage the Ex Factor

Ex-spouses are usually part of the bargain with a remarriage. It may not be your first choice, but it’s a reality.An ex-spouse doesn’t always have to be a nightmare. Unfortunately, a lot of that is out of your control. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to dealing with your […]

Becoming a Step Parent

With the divorce and remarriage rate so high these days, there is a good chance that you just might find yourself a step parent.  I’d like to offer some tips on being a step parent: Always remember that the child already has both a mom and a dad.Depending on the age of the children when you enter […]

How To Have A Successful Family

~ Reconnect~ Do you feel disconnected from your partner or your children? If you do, you’re not alone. Relationships take work and many times they are more strained when there are children involved and our different views on parenting are revealed. We’ve become a society of disconnection. We hear in the news stories of children […]

Creating Family Unity

Promoting family unity is valuable to keep up with the tumultuous society. When a person feels down, the family is the strength booster and sanctuary of peace. However, with the busy schedule that each family member has, it is getting more difficult to nurture family unity within the home. Nevertheless, every family has to find […]

Parenting With Love and Logic

Parenting with love and logic is a real challenge in itself. Gone are the days when a controlling attitude was all the more desirable and kids never used to raise an objection to the despotic dispositions of their mommies and daddies. But times have changed and now the children have become much more intelligent and […]

Be a Successful Blended Family

The divorce rate for the second marriage is higher than the first, and the number one cause is the children. Would you like some important insights and solutions that will help you be a successful blended family? The following case studies and guidelines can help you to prevent and heal problems with your family. “I […]

Treatment Planning and Blended Families

*Wise Counsel* David R. Miller, in the Soul Care Bible, provides wise insight into blended families when he writes: In the Scriptures we can clearly see that God considers children precious and that He is concerned about their welfare (Matt. 18:6, 7; Mark 10:14″16; Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21). Certainly there are many single-parent homes where […]

The Parent Trap

This is an article from one of our readers, and she has given me permission to publish it….Gillian When I was a little girl one of my very favourite movies was “The Parent Trap”.  Hayley Mills stars as twin girls who meet for the first time at camp and conspire to bring their parents back […]

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