Single/Blended Family Parenting

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School-Year Support for Single Parents

Elsa Kok Colopy

My daughter, Sam, and I were on our own for 12 years. During that time, my girl grew from a little girl to a teenager, and with each passing year, one thing remained consistent: back-to-school chaos.

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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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Two-Home Kids

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

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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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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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Don't Lose Your Child's Heart

Ron Deal

We have a great relationship, but ever since his father remarried, his stepmom has started putting these thoughts in his head about me.

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Easing Tension Between Homes

Gayla Grace

Forgiveness didn't come easily after our divorce.

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When Values Collide

Ron Deal

Parents can and should try to safeguard their children from the influence of the world, but when the "world" is the other household, parents face a difficult challenge.

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After the Death of a Spouse

Danny Oertli

Suddenly, I was the single father of a 4-year-old Disney princess and a little boy who had just learned to walk.

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Loving Your Stepkids

Katie Parsons

Sometimes you have to start by doing what's right and good by your stepkids (even when you don't initially like them).

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Stepdad and stepdaughter pound their fists instead of hugging

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Hugs and Stepkids

Chris J. Gonzalez

When it comes to showing affection, let your stepchild set the pace.

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How Remarriage Affects Kids

Cyndi Lamb Curry

Because Mike and I were widowed, not divorced, we thought we'd found the easy button for blending families: no joint-custody or child-support hassles.

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Start With Respect

Kathi Lipp

Get over your need for your step kids to like you.

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When Bob Became Dad

Carole Taylor

Patience helped one man earn a place in his stepdaughter's heart.

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Building Stepsibling Bonds

Karen Klasi

You can encourage stepsiblings to bond through shared experiences.

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What They're Not Telling You

Tammy Daughtry

Kids in blended families have circumstances that make life more stressful for them. As parents and stepparents, making ourselves aware of their perspective is one of the most loving things we can do.

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One Child, Two Homes

Linda Ranson Jacobs

Like many children from blended families, Nathan lived a life of constant transition. Life meant two sets of parents, two groups of siblings and two different beds.

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Helping Kids Adjust to Rules in Two Different Homes

Tammy Daughtry

Imagine you're abruptly uprooted after being totally immersed in another culture. Could it be that this is similar to how our children feel when they live in two homes?

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Blended Family: Filling the Role of a Parent Who Has Died

Carol Boley

While similar in many respects to stepparenting through divorce and remarriage, parenting a child whose biological parent has died carries its own distinctives.

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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 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 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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