Single/Blended Family Parenting

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Article

Should You Give Your Stepkids Hugs and Kisses?

Sabrina Beasley McDonald

Why stepparents need to respect physical boundaries

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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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A mother standing outdoors with her adolescent  son, looking at him with disapproval. He is looking down with his arms folded, caught doing something he wasn't supposed to do.

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When You Can’t Make It Better for Your Stepkids

Diane Stark

I wanted to fix my stepson’s problems. But I had to accept that they weren't my problems to fix. It took some time for me to realize this. Here are some truths I have learned about letting go.

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A young girl pouts with her arms folded across her chest while her younger sister gets attention from her parents in the background

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Help Your Stepchildren Feel Secure in Your Love for Them

Terri Clark

Stepsibling jealousy can be subtle, volatile and destructive, but detecting it isn't difficult if you know what to look for.

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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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Article

No More Overlooked Kids in a Blended Family

Diane Stark

Do your kids feel overlooked? Try these simple ways to give them one-on-one attention.

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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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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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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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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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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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Article

The Path to Healing

Sue Birdseye

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

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Article

"Did Mommy Paint the Sky?"

Danny Oertli

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

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Article

Disciplining as a Single Parent

David Frisbie and Lisa Frisbie

Take a level-headed approach to leading your family.

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Article

Facing Your New Financial Reality

Amie Streater

Take steps to lower your financial stress.

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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.

Article

Help for Noncustodial Parents

Dave Suggs

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

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Article

A Single Dad: Unplugged

Elsa Kok Colopy

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

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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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Article

Set Aside Differences for the Kids

Kim Hill

Make a holiday visitation plan that works.

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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 reading a book in a chair while her two children play and spend time with their dad

Article

Hope for Children of Single Parents

Angela Thomas

How do you respond when someone asks you, "What about the children?"

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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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Article

The Overwhelmed Single Parent

Sue Birdseye

Quit trying to be both Mom and Dad.

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