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National Stepfamily Day: 2015

Day 1 of 1Now some of you may know but today, September 16th, is National Stepfamily Day. Started in 1997, National Stepfamily Day is now recognized by all 50 states, Canada, and the UK. What are we celebrating? Well, according to the official proclamation, “National Stepfamily Day is a day to celebrate...

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The Cowardly Co-Parent (Prover...

Day 1 of 1I’ve worked with divorced parents for over two decades and it drives me crazy when a parent is lying to their child about the other home. Often it’s a selfish motivation–money, custody, or winning the favor of the child–and all it takes is blaming the other parent or skewing ...

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Stepdad: Earning the Right to ...

Day 1 of 1Fathers are very influential. They teach respect for rules, independent thinking, and their love fosters self confidence in kids. A stepfather can have this same influence but they will never get the chance if early on they’re demanding or inconsiderate because the child will pull away and sta...

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Stepparent: Bonus Mom/Dad

Day 1 of 1A friend of mine is a stepdad and he said, “Ron, I want to be the one who teaches my stepson how to shave and who walks Emily down the aisle on her wedding day, but I think their dad ought to do that. So, what is my role?” Being the Bonus Mom or Dad sometimes means you don’t get th...

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Stepmom: A Challenging Role

I’m quite certain the average person doesn’t have any idea how challenging it is to be a stepmom. On one hand, she has all the responsibility of caretaking for her stepchildren but clearly she is not their mom. Yes, there are rewards along the way but confusion and ambiguity surround her...

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Redeeming the Next Generation ...

Day 1 of 1Research now confirms that a healthy stepfamily not only prevents another divorce in a child’s life, but it gives them a healthy marriage model that equips them for marriage as adults. In other words, after divorce, a strong, stable, healthy stepfamily lowers the divorce rate in this generatio...