Power Step Parenting: 7 Keys to Success!

Sadly, step families are a huge component of our society. According to US Census Bureau, 1300 step families are being formed everyday.50% of US families are remarried or re-coupled.  There are stressors and challenges unique to blended families. On today’s show, Mari is going to talk about 7 keys to successful step families and how to address the complex array of difficulties facing step families today.

  • Power Step Parenting: The Children’s Bill of Right
    Neither parent shall deny the child reasonable use of the telephone to place and receive calls with the other parent and relatives. Neither parent shall speak or write derogatory remarks about the other parent to the child or engage in abusive, coarse, or foul language, which can be overheard by the child whether or not the language involves the other parent. Neither parent shall permit the children to overhear arguments, negotiations, or other substantive discussions about legal or business dealings between the parents. Neither parent shall physically or psychologically attempt to pressure, attempt to influence, pressure, or influence the children Continue reading Power Step Parenting: The Children’s Bill of Right
  • Power Parenting: Help Your Child Memorize Scripture in Fun Ways!
    I wish I had taught my kids the value of scripture when they were growing up. Here is a great article on how to make it fun and meaningful. The list of scriptures is at the bottom of the article. Learning Bible verses can feel daunting. How do you start and what verses should you choose? A list of 25 Bible verses for kids to memorize and suggestions on how to make it fun can get you and your family started. Memorizing Bible verses is so important for kids and adults. The Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of Continue reading Power Parenting: Help Your Child Memorize Scripture in Fun Ways!
  • Power Parenting: Christian Parents Must Accept Their Adult Child’s Choices, Even If They Don’t Approve
    Christian parents must accept their child’s decisions whether they approve of them or not, the Rev. Billy Graham advises in a message posted on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’swebsite Saturday. The renowned 97-year-old preacher was responding to a question posted to BGEA’s “My Answers” which asked how parents should handle their daughter’s marriage when they don’t approve of the fiancé. “We can’t always control what our children do as they grow older and become adults — nor should we. And even when they make mistakes or go against our advice, they are still our children, and we still love them and Continue reading Power Parenting: Christian Parents Must Accept Their Adult Child’s Choices, Even If They Don’t Approve
  • Power Step Parenting: Understand Your Child’s Loyalty Conflicts
    Understanding loyalty conflicts and striving to alleviate your child’s excessive loyalty concerns are important to your child’s emotional well-being after divorce. KEEP YOUR CHILD FROM BEING IN AN EMOTIONAL TUG-OF-WAR. Parents implicitly ask their children to “choose” and therefore, put children in a no-win tug-of-war when they badmouth the other parent or household comment or compare living conditions invade the other home’s time with the kids with constant text messages, phone calls, or showing up at a private family activities cast blame on the other household for financial pressures or emotional pain ask for the child’s time when it takes Continue reading Power Step Parenting: Understand Your Child’s Loyalty Conflicts
  • Power Parenting: Sibling Conflict: Getting at the Roots
    Because kids are spending much more time at home than before, there is a much greater opportunity for conflict to arise between siblings. Parents during these times are faced with many new challenges—and sibling conflict is one of them. When it comes to sibling conflict, it’s very common for all of us to focus on the wrong problem—their relationship with each other rather than our relationship with each of them. Healthy parent-child relationships are characterized by two things. First, the child needs to feel unconditionally loved. Second, the child must see their parents as the undisputed authority figures in the Continue reading Power Parenting: Sibling Conflict: Getting at the Roots
  • Power Step Parenting: Help Your Child Cope with Grief and Loss Through Divorce
    Someone near and dear to my heart is going through a divorce. Her children are experiencing two homes, separate routines, confusion, sadness, and anger. Dreams of an intact family were shattered.  Watch the video and learn a great way to help your child cope with grief and loss through a divorce.  
  • Power Step Parenting: Spoiled Leftovers From the Past; Coping with Anger and Bitterness
          Learning to forgive is paramount to having a healthy co-parent relationship. A healthy co-parent relationship is for the benefit of your children and yourself.  Tension, animosity, bitterness, and anger impacts the children in many ways. “Recent research, for example, suggests that a healthy stepfamily can help to diminish behavioral problems in children that arise after parental divorce.” 1  Your pain is real, and your anger may be completely justified. You can’t be for your stepfamily everything God calls you to be if you’re carrying around a burden of anger and hurt. Reminder: Colossians 2:13-14 tells us to Continue reading Power Step Parenting: Spoiled Leftovers From the Past; Coping with Anger and Bitterness
  • Power Parenting: Let Teens Own Their Problems and Solutions!
          All parents want to raise their teens to become responsible adults. Allowing them to own their problems and solutions is the way to do this. Watch the video  
  • Power Parenting: 9 Signs Your Child Has Entitlement Issues
    “The entitlement epidemic usually begins with over-parenting – over-indulging, over-protecting, over-pampering, over-praising, and jumping through hoops to meets kids endless demands,” she says. “Today’s generation of parents are overly invested in their child’s happiness, comfort and success. “Overly involved parents helicopter their kids’ every move and mow down the potential obstacles in their path,” McCready adds. “In our attempt to shelter our kids from adversity, we rob them of the opportunity to make decisions, learn from their mistakes, and develop the resilience needed to thrive through the ups and downs of life. This is all done in the name of love – but Continue reading Power Parenting: 9 Signs Your Child Has Entitlement Issues
  • Power Step Parenting: The Wise and Prudent Stepparent
    This video describes the qualities of unwise or naïve stepparents and contrasts them with skilled step parents. Don’t let lack of knowledge, inexperience or wrong motives result in disaster and heartache for you and your family.