Non-traditional Families

Stepchildren Making You Crazy? 5 Ways to Manage Conflict in Blended Families

By Kim Abraham, LMSW & Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

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Recently, I was sitting at lunch with a friend, swapping stories about our families. I shared that I was concerned about how my adult stepdaughter was doing—she was facing a difficult situation thousands of miles away from home. “Well,” my friend said, “You don’t have to worry about that. You’re not her real mom.” You’re not... Read more »

Blended Family? The 5 Secrets of Effective Stepparenting

By Carri and Gordon Taylor

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Parenting is never easy, but when you have a blended family—with bio-kids and stepkids, your spouse’s ex, and other extended family members thrown into the mix—things can get very difficult very quickly. We receive questions every week in Empowering Parents from readers who ask: “How can I discipline my stepkids effectively and get their respect?... Read more »

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The Disneyland Daddy

By James Lehman, MSW

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Vicki is the single mother of Alex (12), Ryan (8) and Jessica (6). To make ends meet, she works two jobs—as a receptionist during the week and part-time catering on weekends. She has been divorced from Mike, a supervisor for a building contractor, for two years. Her relationship with Mike is strained at best, hostile... Read more »

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When Parents Disagree: 10 Ways to Parent as a Team

By Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC

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Most couples have experienced this situation at one time or another—you think you should discipline your child a certain way, and your spouse wants to handle it differently. You each become entrenched in your position, and that’s when the fighting starts. At some point, most couples will argue over how to discipline their children. After all,... Read more »

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