"How can I have an underlying sense of calm even when everything is so chaotic? Thanks, Kathy M. "
This question was recently submitted by a reader. I'm so excited to share the answer with you today!
Being a parent means having "to-do" lists, Whether written out or in our heads, the checklists are always there. In fact, some of us even have lists of our lists to keep track of everything! (If that's you, there is no judgment here...I'm actually wishing I was that organized
Negativity. The challenge in all relationships.
It's so easy to get caught up in the cycle of seeing only what our partner does wrong. While it may feel good at the moment, it does nothing to resolve any of the conflicts we may be experiencing. While working with a couple who is in the middle of a divorce, I noticed most of their focus was on what is wrong with the other person. "Dean never does ...", "Sarah can't do..." On and on it went.
They said they wanted to co-paren
"She likes 'our' kids more than she likes my older kids." I'll never forget the day Bill and Sue's appointment started with that phrase. I could see the disconnect in this couple's body language and hear the frustration in Bill's voice. Since that day I learned this is a common theme in many stepcouple relationships.
What lies beneath
Bill seemed resentful that his wife interacted differently with his older kids from his previous marriage.
Sue admitted that she got more f
This is it, the time of year when the shift from school schedules to summer fun begins! While the first weeks of summer break are fun, we know this “honeymoon phase” won’t last. Soon enough cries of, ‘I’m bored” will be ringing in your ears.
“How do we make it through the summer without losing my sanity?”
Well, while I can’t exactly help with all of the issues in this one blog, I will give you a few tips to get your summer started smoothly.
Hopefully by setting the found
"My fiance doesn't love my child like he loves his own children. How can I fix this?" -- Stephanie M. This is a typical issue for soon-to-be blended families. It is also a common theme within already blended families who just can't get over the parent/child/stepparent relationship differences.
I love that Stephanie wants to be proactive in building her stepfamily, that's what makes a family successful.
I did have to remind her that this isn't something that can really be