Single/Blended Family Parenting

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Witness to a Kiss

Karen Klasi

Your stepchildren need you to model healthy affection with your spouse in front of them, no matter what they say.

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Stepmoms

No matter your situation, being a stepmother can be a lot more difficult than you anticipated.

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Holiday Blending

Whether families blend or divide, they face complex social situations, especially during the holidays.

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Merging Families

Stepfamilies don't automatically merge together. Find ways to be intentional about blending two families into one.

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'I Want to Live With Dad!'

Todd Cartmell

Learn how to determine what your child really wants when your kid says he or she wants to live with the other parent.

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A Blended/Single School Year

Help your kids get back into the fall routine, even when they live in two different homes or can only rely on you.

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Loving Your Stepchildren

Did you enter the relationship with your stepchildren thinking it would be easier than it was? Don't give up. Take it one day at a time.

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Building Stepsibling Bonds

Karen Klas

You can encourage stepsiblings to bond through shared experiences.

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When Widows Remarry

Children still have to adjust to a new adult in the family, even when there isn't an ex in the picture.

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Two-Home Kids

Help provide children the security they need as they are shuffled between two homes.

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Parenting Conflicts With an Ex

Here's how to work with some of the problems you may face as a parent when dealing with your ex.

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Summer at a Different Address

Carol Boley

Help kids through the angst of switching homes, even when you feel discouraged at the idea of packing off your children to the other parent for the summer.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Children of Divorce

Divorce is tough on adults.  But that’s not all.  If you’re recently divorced, there are a couple things you can do to help minimize the impact on your children.

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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The Unexpected Joys of Raising an Autistic Child (Part 2 of 2)

Emily Colson talks about the trials and triumphs she's experienced in raising her autistic son, Max. Her father, author Chuck Colson, joins the conversation to discuss the lessons they've learned from Max which underscore the sanctity of all human life. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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The Unexpected Joys of Raising an Autistic Child (Part 1 of 2)

Emily Colson talks about the trials and triumphs she's experienced in raising her autistic son, Max. Her father, author Chuck Colson (now deceased), joins the conversation to discuss the lessons they've learned from Max which underscore the sanctity of all human life. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Minute

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The Spirit of a Stepmom

Walking the path of the stepmother can really test your spirit. Author Kathi Lipp shares the emotions that go hand in hand with being a stepmother. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Connect With Your Stepchild

For adults, remarriage is usually pursued with a host of positive expectations.  But for kids, it’s often an unwelcome change.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Discipline in a Blended Family

Handling discipline within a blended family can be a challenge. Author Kathi Lipp shares her method of discipline. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Hope and Encouragement for Stepmoms

Being a stepmom may be one of the toughest jobs a woman can have.  But your relationship with your stepkids can thrive if you’ll make respect your primary goal.

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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My Adopted Son: A Single Woman's Story (Part 2 of 2)

In a riveting story of hope and redemption, Carolyn Koons tells how she, as a single woman, felt led by God to adopt a young boy she encountered in a harsh children's prison during a mission trip to Mexico. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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My Adopted Son: A Single Woman's Story (Part 1 of 2)

In a riveting story of hope and redemption, Carolyn Koons tells how she, as a single woman, felt led by God to adopt a young boy she encountered in a harsh children's prison during a mission trip to Mexico. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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New Stepfamily? Talk to Your Kids

Are you wanting to get married and either you or your fiancée already have children?  Take an important step to get your new family off to a great start: talk about it with the children.

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Parenting in Blended Families

The most intriguing feature of a crazy quilt is the irregular patchwork. Open-door families are like that. Whether the family is blended by marriage, built by adoption or foster parenting, or even created in a group-home setting, the unexpected shapes result in a beautiful pattern.

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