Single/Blended Family Parenting

Dad with his arms around his three sons, all smiling

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Part-Time Custody, Full-Time Parent

Elsa Kok Colopy and Daniel Jones

Take advantage of every moment with your kids.

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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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Standing Firm

Kari West

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

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Two disappointed girls standing on the front porch with their mom

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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 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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Rashel's Choice

Elsa Kok Colopy

One woman reaches beyond herself to serve her community.

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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

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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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Illustration of a mom, two children and a cat smiling around a Christmas tree.

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Reclaiming Christmas Joy

Tami Ryd-Bok

New traditions can be simple, meaningful and part of the healing process.

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Illustration of a family of six gathered around their pet sugar glider that is perched on top of a blender lid.

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What an Unusual Pet Taught Us About Blending Our Family

Diane Stark

Bonding as a blended family means earning one another's trust. One family learned that the process is surprisingly similar to bonding with a tiny pet marsupial.

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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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The Wise Stepmom

Laura Petherbridge

Get insights into your relationships as you adjust to your new role as a stepmother.

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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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Holiday Blending

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

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What Stays? What Goes?

Barbara Winters

It's not as easy as you think. Get solid tips for merging stepfamilies.

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Blended Family Meetings

Debbie Alsdorf

There is value in regularly scheduled time with your family.

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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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Putting Victoria First

Elsa Kok Colopy

Families were supposed to be together at Christmas, but her family had been split apart.

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Family Celebrations, Awkward Situations

Margaret Broersma

But blended-family dynamics can turn these otherwise joyful occasions into sensitive situations.

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Illustration of a grandmother and granddaughter with a lot of presents and another child with almost no presentes

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The Fairness Gap

Laura Petherbridge

Try these strategies for minimizing gift-giving favoritism in your extended family.

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Illustration of a child headed to school, walking past a large blue house.

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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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Illustration of a Mom with her head in her hands and two kids with excited smiles ready to have a great summer

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School's Out! Now What?

Linda Ranson Jacobs

Summer survival tips for the single parent

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Easing Into a New School Year

Karen Klasi

Help your kids as they change homes and re-establish routines during the school year.

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