Single/Blended Family Parenting

Lonely young girl sitting on sofa

Series

Love for Stepkids

No one should feel overlooked or be jealous of a step-sibling. Here are some ideas for helping all your kids feel loved in a blended family.

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Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

Taking Care of Each Other

Every child can really benefit from a community of people. Invest in those friendships, and be that community. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Thriving as a Single Parent

Robert Beeson offers encouragement and practical advice to single parents in a discussion based on his book Going Solo: Hope and Healing for the Single Mom or Dad.

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Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

Kids Don't Divorce

If you've gone through with a divorce, you may have to put your personal feelings aside to preserve your child's image of their other parent. Listen to the full program here.

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Illustration of a dad encircling his two kids

Article

Center-of-My-Universe Single Parenting

Robert Beeson

As a single parent, I orbited around my kids' lives, but that wasn't healthy for me ... or for them

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Teen girl stares back at camera

Article

Rebuilding Your Relationship With Your Children After a Divorce

Shannon Perry

Divorce is difficult for children. Confusion and hurt can often lead to resentment and emotional separation between kids and parents.

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Ilustration of a holiday planning calendar for a blended family

Article

Blended Family Holidays

Ron Deal

Stepparenting during the holidays can be stressful. Do what you can to make them a sweet time of connection for all families involved with advanced planning. Set what you can’t change at God's feet.

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Illustration of a dollar bill with a family printed on it. The bill is torn in half between the mother and father.

Article

Facing Your New Financial Reality

Amie Streater

Take steps to lower your financial stress.

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Illustration of a dad holding his young daughter as they watch a sunset

Article

"Did Mommy Paint the Sky?"

Danny Oertli

A dad celebrates life, even as he grieves his wife's death.

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Illustration of a mother lying on the floor surrounded by her five children

Article

The Path to Healing

Sue Birdseye

Help your children find their way through the pain of your divorce.

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Illustration of a dad's calendar with scheduled time with his kids. The calendar is surrounded by pictures of his kids and ballet recital tickets.

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Help for Noncustodial Parents

Dave Suggs

Stay engaged even when your kids don't live with you.

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Illustration of a little boy swinging and smiling with his mom smiling in the background

Article

Let Your Kids Be Kids

Elsa Kok Colopy and Stephanie Wood

Protect children of divorce from growing up too soon.

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Illustration of three scenarios showing couples dating. The first shares coffee at an outdoor table, the second walks a dog, the third couple is seated in a movie theatre sharing popcorn

Article

To Date or Not To Date?

Elsa Kok Colopy and Juli Slattery

Dating becomes more complicated when you are a single parent.

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Two disappointed girls standing on the front porch with their mom

Article

Your Child and the No-Show Parent

Michelle Lynn Senters

Help your kids deal with the disappointment brought on by the other parent.

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Illustration of a girl standing between her parents

Article

Seeking Sole Custody

Elsa Kok Colopy

One mom tells the story of her fight for her daughter.

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Illustration of a mother with her two children looking at a calendar with three days marked as special

Article

A Bruised Faith

Ruth Marquez West

Help your child continue leaning on God through prayer, especially in the midst of family division.

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Illustration of a resolute mother in foreground with pouty daughter in background. They both have their arms crossed.

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Standing Firm

Kari West

Develop consistency in your day-to-day activities, especially during the chaos of joint custody.

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Illustration of a dad with his three daughters. He is holding the youngest who is pulling his hair and an ear. The other is angry and has her back turned to everyone. The third is sitting on the floor usng an electronic device and has tuned out everyone else.

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Three Daughters and a Dad

Elsa Kok Colopy and Thom Griffiths

Take steps to keep communication with your kids open and honest.

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Illustration of a mother with her small son who casts a shadow of a grown man on the wall behind him

Article

The Man He'll Become

Elsa Kok Colopy and Laura Talbert

A mom learns to accept the differences between herself and her son.

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Illustration of a dad juggling the demands of career and parenting three adolescent daughters

Article

A Single Dad: Unplugged

Elsa Kok Colopy

Read about one man's decision to put his kids first.

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Article

The Overwhelmed Single Parent

Sue Birdseye

Quit trying to be both Mom and Dad.

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Dad with his arms around his three sons, all smiling

Article

Part-Time Custody, Full-Time Parent

Elsa Kok Colopy and Daniel Jones

Take advantage of every moment with your kids.

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Illustration of two women having tea in a park. One woman has her child with her, and a dog frolics in the background.

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Single Doesn't Mean Alone

Jennifer Maggio

As a single parent, resist the urge to retreat from healthy relationships.

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