What about Family and Children’s Needs?

When there are kids in the home, it’s often critical for you as a couple to take a long-term view of blending-family life. Yes, in the short term, you’ll probably be sacrificing many of your wants and desires—and sometimes even your needs—so you can meet the needs of your children. But it’s important to keep […]

Extended Family Life

In the midst of doing life together, there will undoubtedly be changes, misunderstandings, hurt feelings, fears, strained communication, or unreasonable expectations at times. That’s just how relationships are. But hopefully those times will be few, and with good communication between you and your spouse, they don’t have to affect your relationship negatively. You and your […]

Expectations: On Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Valentine’s Day is a time where expectations often run high, especially for women. But when you don’t understand what is expected, lots of conflict, stress, and frustration can arise. What’s really important to each of you spiritually, physically, educationally, financially, emotionally, and sexually? Dale and I spent a lot of time discussing these kinds of […]

New Year’s Resolutions?

My favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future’.” As I look back on 2012, I see how God had some wonderful plans for me. I became a […]

To Grandmother’s House we go!

In a blending family, sometimes the biological grandparents or new step-grandparents just aren’t sure where they fit into this new blending family, especially in their holiday plans. But you can help your children’s grandparents as well as the new step-grandparents navigate their relationship with your children by clearly defining your desires and expectations, especially during […]

Blending Family Communication

The challenges of communicating well in a blending family are many. Past hurts, current perceptions, expectations, and fears or frustrations affect communicating well. The adjustment process is a long and winding road, so providing extra measures of patience and kindness help in communicating with kids and stepkids. Experts suggest that, in the beginning, it’s best […]