Step Parents as Role-Models

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In The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting I explain what type of role you play in a step child’s life. It is only natural that you want your step children to love you, respect you and obey you. The only thing you may be certain of is you feel out-of-place and uncertain of what your role in this new family unit … Read More

Step Families and Holidays

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Step Families and Holidays A step parent who has particular holiday traditions from the rest of the family, especially a step parent with no child of their own, can feel left out of the celebration. All family traditions have force. It is vital for everyone to be considered when planning holidays. Things you should consider when planning holidays: Who is … Read More

Allow Your Children to “Grieve” After Divorce

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Allow Your Children to “Grieve” After Divorce Divorce is hard on everyone involved. When children are involved, we need to give them the time and space to grieve the loss of the biological parent that leaves the home. To “grieve” may sound harsh, but it is exactly what the children do. They have lost someone very special to them, even … Read More

Summer Vacation Time is Here!

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Family Vacations after Divorce The New Family Vacation I remember our family vacations together when I was a child. Every summer my parents would take us to the mountains or the beach. Although the car rides were long and we always got in trouble for asking “are we there yet?” – our family getaways were the best memories of our … Read More

Divorce, Guilt, Loyalty & Holidays

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The more adults in the family, the more confusion and chaos there is in terms of holiday logistics. When step children partner up and start their own families, the number of adults who are not exactly related and who have their own family holiday traditions will grow incrementally. Talk about logistical nightmares! Take on the attitude of “the more the … Read More

Holidays and Safety: A Must Read

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It’s a busy holiday season. With visiting guests, cooking big meals, and the cold weather, there is a potential hazard (or hazards) lurking in your home. Beware! Avoid these hidden dangers: 1) Aluminum wiring: Homes built with aluminum wiring are 55 times more likely than those with copper wiring to go up in smoke, and the odds of a fire … Read More

Why The 4-1-1 Books Matter

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In a recent interview I was asked why I’m writing the 4-1-1 books. Although I did answer the question with “to help those that may not be able to completely help themselves,” I’ve taken time since then to reflect on this question. The 4-1-1 on Life Skills is a book about the basic life skills needed by adults of all … Read More

Step Family Life and Societal Myths

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Myths are beliefs. It is these beliefs which strongly influence the way people in step families adjust to their new family and react to one another.  Those in blended families think their family is abnormal or strange because it is “in-step” instead of their “real” family. Statistics show about half of all Americans are currently involved in a type of … Read More

Taking on the Role of Step Parent

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Man and woman relationships alone are difficult. When you add his kids, her kids, his ex, her ex and the in-laws, most people cannot handle the pressure. Step-families require more effort and understanding because of more people involved, and this often includes young ones who didn’t ask to be put into the situation to begin with.Long ago, the term “stepmother” … Read More

Everybody’s Different and it’s OK!

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In today’s society we still put a strong emphasis on looking thin, being smart, and having more. By going along with these thoughts what are we teaching our kids? We need to be teaching our children that is is OK to be different. We want them to be healthy, not too thin not too chunky – but healthy. We need … Read More