Archive for category: Step Families

Giving Our Adult Kids Money

Giving Our Adult Kids Money

June 27, 2014 2:35 pm / Relationships, Scripture, Step Families / No comments

I pray that each of you are growing in the kingdom and learning to love each other as Christ has loved us. You know, I can’t think of a better place to learn how to really love than in a step family. It’s a daily choice to choose to love […]

 
The Gift of Sex

The Gift of Sex

March 1, 2014 12:43 pm / Podcasts, Relationships, Scripture, Step Families / No comments

Sex is a “hot” topic, but among some couples, it’s a subject they avoid.  The way we view sex can determine whether we are fulfilled in it or avoiding it.  If we were injured in this area as a child, it may be more difficult to enjoy a healthy relationship […]

 
Love/Respect Cycle

Love/Respect Cycle

February 18, 2014 3:53 pm / Relationships, Step Families / No comments

On a scale of 1-10, with one being low and ten high, how would you rate your relationship with your spouse?  Is it what you imagined when you married?  Aside from the normal ups and downs, would you say you have a great relationship, average or it’s just not what […]

 
Perspective

Perspective

February 10, 2014 2:03 pm / Podcasts, Relationships, Step Families / No comments

Perspective… what is perspective and how does it influence our attitudes and decisions.  Is the glass half full or half empty, it boils down to our perspective. To quote Rick Riordan:  “Humans see what they want to see.” I recently heard of a study that really explains the importance of […]

 
Feel Like Giving Up?

Feel Like Giving Up?

February 4, 2014 10:59 am / Podcasts, Relationships, Step Families / No comments

Do you ever feel like just throwing in the towel?  You’re tired of going around the same mountain over and over again.  You feel like you may never get the victory, may never see the change come, may never experience the freedom you are craving. I felt like giving up […]

 
Unfairness in Parenting Matters

Unfairness in Parenting Matters

November 25, 2013 12:45 pm / Relationships, Scripture, Step Families / No comments

Last time we talked about 5 different parenting styles.  This time I would like to address when the couple not only have different parenting styles but when a spouse chooses to treat their kids different from yours.  I’m talking about different rules and unfair treatment of children or double standards. […]

 
Parenting Styles

Parenting Styles

October 24, 2013 1:45 pm / Podcasts, Relationships, Step Families / 4 comments

One study shows that an important strength to being a very happy couple is the ability to come together around matters of parenting.  These happy couples have discussed and come to an agreement on how to raise their children.  Couples who find unity regarding discipline grow closer together and are […]

 

Reentry

October 18, 2013 1:25 pm / Relationships, Step Families / 1 comment

Have you noticed your child’s behavior change before and/or after staying with the  other parent?   Children in shared custody will go through a settling in time.  One Dad who has full custody speaks of his child’s coming home after a stay with his mom as “Reentry”.  This is the time […]

 

Why Family Meetings?

September 19, 2013 11:16 am / Podcasts, Relationships, Step Families / 2 comments

The wedding day has come and gone and hopefully also the honeymoon, if you were blessed to have one.    Now What?  You have brought your two families together and are all living under one roof.  It is an exciting time, but it could be a very sad time for the […]

 
Communication Styles: What’s Yours?

Communication Styles: What’s Yours?

August 13, 2013 11:15 am / Podcasts, Relationships, Step Families / No comments

Obviously, couples who learn to communicate well are much happier than those who don’t.  Consider these questions:  Do I feel I am heard and understood by my partner?   Do I really hear my spouse; or do I make assumptions and think I know what they are saying?   Couples who feel […]