Blended Families - Family Life

Families come in many forms, with many different dynamics. The traditional idea of a family, for many, is changing into a more modern idea of what brings people together. The 2011 Canadian Census on families and living arrangements found that step-families account for about 1 in 8 coupled families with children. A blended family occurs when at least one, or both partners in a marriage already have children from a previous relationship, plus those two partners also have at least one child together. Whatever the arrangement, the love and reward of a blended family can be wonderful, but it can also present challenges. Are you looking for advice on how to be better accepted by your step-child/children? Are you and your partner arguing over differing parenting styles - are they disciplining your child differently than you do? Are you and your spouse considering a child together, but you aren’t sure how it will affect your children? Perhaps your children are having trouble accepting a new baby into the family, or questioning their role now that a new child has arrived. Whatever your question or concern, we have the experts and resources you need to help navigate the potential challenges of a blended family.

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The Smart Stepfamily

Seven Steps to a Healthy Family

Discover the Keys to a Healthy Stepfamily Leading stepfamily expert Ron L. Deal reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Whether married or soon-to-be-married, you'll discover how to · Solve the everyday puzzles of stepparenting and stepchildren relationships · Communicate effectively with an ex-spouse · Handle stepfamily finances confidently · "Cook" your stepfamily slowly rather than expect an instant blend This revised and expanded edition has updated research and two new chapters with even more real-world advice on topics such as stepsibling relationships and later-life stepfamilies.

Blended Families

Creating Harmony as You Build a New Home Life

When re-married couples bring their families together, they face unique challenges. Somehow, they must bring unity out of diversity. Maxine Marsolini points to biblical solutions to the conflict commonly found in divorce and remarriage situations. 'Growth and Application' questions make this an excellent resource for small groups or Christian counseling.

Successful Blended Families

Promoting Great Stepfamilies

According to experts, being involved in a prior marriage decreases the success rate of subsequent marriages. The aim of this book is to reduce the failure rate of remarriages and to promote the success of blended families. Successful Blended Families addresses the common challenges of blended family life and provides practical tools for dealing with them effectively. Attention is given to children in these families, step-parenting, preparation for remarriage as well as the building blocks for a successful blended family. If you are in a blended family or planning to establish such a family, this book is for you. If you are a professional who works with blended families or you simply want to gain more insight and understanding of blended family life, this book is worth reading.

Finding Your Place

A Teen Guide to Life in a Blended Family

Explains the complex emotions and relationships involved in the remarriage of a parent and examines relationships with stepparents and stepsiblings.

The Smart Stepfamily Marriage

Keys to Success in the Blended Family

Make This Marriage Last a Lifetime Leading blended family authority Ron Deal and marriage and family expert David Olson show you how to build on your relationship strengths and improve your weaknesses. Whether you're dating, engaged, a young stepfamily, or an empty-nest couple, The Smart Stepfamily Marriage gives you the tools you need at any stage to create a remarriage that will last. Each chapter of this book explores one of the key qualities of happy remarriages as identified by research. Like a GPS for your relationship, this book has built-in discussion questions that can help you and your partner discover where you are, where you'd like to be, and how to get there. The online survey gives you a report with personalized results for your relationship. "The Smart Stepfamily Marriage is the road map to a healthy marriage."--Gary D. Chapman, PhD, author, The Five Love Languages and When Sorry Isn't Enough "Remarried or marrying again? This book is loaded with specific, useful ideas for helping your marriage reach its full potential."--Scott Stanley, PhD, author, A Lasting Promise; research professor, University of Denver "This book is a must-read for any remarried couple. It includes the tools needed to create and maintain a wonderful remarriage."--from the foreword by Evelyn Husband Thompson, widow of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband, now remarried to Bill Thompson "The Smart Stepfamily Marriage is the most up-to-date, relevant, complete guide for remarried couples--I know of no other resource like it."--Francesca Adler-Baeder, PhD, professor and director, Center for Children, Youth, and Families, Auburn University; director, National Stepfamily Resource Center "This book will help you thrive in your marriage and beat the odds of divorce. The preventative information is the best I have ever seen, and the practical application covers it all. I have put The Smart Stepfamily Marriage at the top of my resource library for couples who find themselves in this beautiful and yet challenging world of remarriage."--Jim Burns, PhD, president, HomeWord, author of Creating an Intimate Marriage, Confident Parenting, and The Purity Code "Remarriages have unique challenges and different relational needs than first marriages. Based on a national study of 50,000 couples, this book is a wonderful resource for remarriage couples. Take the online Couple Checkup and get a report about your relationship, read the book, and build a relationship that lasts!"--Dr. Gary Smalley, author of The DNA of Relationships "You want a marriage that lasts forever, right? Blended family couples can beat the odds--this book will tell you how."--Dr. Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife, author of Stepping Up

Raising Children in Blended Families

Helpful Insights, Expert Opinions, and True Stories

A realistic and forthright resource, this practical guide for parents of blended families helps adults understand their children's feelings and cope with arising difficulties.

Blending Families

Even under the best of circumstances, marriage in a blended family is challenging. From parenting to ex-spouses to past hurts, couples face many obstacles. In Blending Families, eighteen successful stepfamilies will show you how they've learned to overcome their everyday challenges. Whether you ve been married for years or just preparing for the journey, Blending Families is the essential resource to help you breakthrough and have a successful family that will thrive for years to come.

The Smart Stepmom

Practical Steps to Help You Thrive

The stepmother's role often is ambiguous and underappreciated, and frequently it carries unrealistic expectations. The book answers women's concerns and questions, including: How can I be a caretaker and a key emotional connector in the family if the children don't accept my influence? How shoud I cope with children who are confused about their family and torn between loyalty to their biological mother and me? When should I step back in conflicts and when should I insist that my husband stand up for me? In addition it addresses the spiritual and emotional climate of the home, providing perspective and guidelines to help stepmothers and their families thrive.

Blending Families

This comprehensive guide delves into the common problems people face when bringing two families together due to second marriages and offers methods for dealing with issues such as discipline, religious differences, and holiday planning. Original.

Dating and the Single Parent

* Are You Ready to Date? * Talking With the Kids * Avoiding a Big Mistake * Finding Lasting Love

Trustworthy Stepfamily Expert Offers Single Parents a Guide to Dating Single parents who are dating or want to begin a dating relationship wonder, How will dating affect my children and my parenting? They probably have figured out that "dating in a crowd" is complicated. Now they're looking for help. Ron Deal, who has counseled single parents and remarried couples for many years, helps single parents--as well as those who date them--navigate the potential pitfalls involved. He gives perspective on when a relationship may be harmful to the children as well as how it can be a blessing to all. Always at the forefront is the goal of strengthening families. Includes questions for individual or group study.

Blended Family Advice

A Step-By-Step Guide to Help Blended and Step Families Become Strong and Successful

Blended Family Advice is step-by-step guide to help blended and stepfamilies navigate the rough areas in their marriage and family. The book focuses on three main areas: marriage, kids, and the outside world. Learn how to communicate with your ex-spouse successfully, create a sense of unity in your newly blended family, how to treat stepparents and stepsiblings, and how to create house rules and expectations in your new blended household. Shirley Cress Dudley uses her skills as a licensed professional counselor, and as a stepmom to help blended and step families learn how to become strong and successful. Blended Family Advice contains the keys to a successful blended family along with several bonus reports: a financial planner, creating successful blended family holidays, house hunting for the blended family, and a guide for grandparents. Blended families and stepfamilies will find this book to be a comprehensive resource and one that every stepfamily and blended family will need in their home. Visit The Blended and Step Family Resource Center http://www.TheBlendedandStepFamilyResourceCenter.com and http://www.BlendedFamilyAdvice.com for more information. Shirley Cress Dudley, MA LPC Shirley@BlendedFamilyAdvice.com

Blending Families Successfully

Helping Parents and Kids Navigate the Challenges So That Everyone Ends Up Happy

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, less than half of the people who get married in the United States remain with their first spouse, and less than 50 percent of children grow up with both biological parents. In short, we live in a society of blended families. Everyone who survives a divorce and enters a new family is vulnerable. George Glass, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist, has designed a book to help parents understand the challenges of beginning new lives with blended families, and to help their children make the necessary adjustments. He explains how to approach unavoidable dilemmas when they occur and offers invaluable lessons about the link between divorce and issues of self-esteem, depression, substance abuse, and relationship failures that often result from the breakup of a family. Gathered from his years in practice and his own personal experience as a member of a blended family, Glass provides practical solutions to everyday problems. Blending a family, Glass explains, is a process, which requires patience. It can take a long time to develop trust, acceptance, and a willingness to overlook transgressions that in the beginning can cause tension. Each chapter offers specific advice to help blended family members improve their communication skills and ease the transitions from separate households into a larger, combined community. Taken together with a steady dose of “Dos and Don’ts,” this book provides an inspiring toolkit for families in need.

Life Long Learning

Healthy Life Choices

Live Your Best Life

Family Constellations

Life Transitions

Past life

Family Games

Blended Families

Living My Best Life

Life Mastery

Hamilton. Healthy & Safe Communities Department, Children's and Home Management Services Division - Red Hill Family Centre

Offers a fully integrated child care program. Registered Early Childhood Educators, Resource Teachers and Home Management Workers work together to provide an environment that encourages children and families to develop their maximum potential. Parents participate in parent groups, parent education and special event celebrations that support their important role with their children.

Hamilton. Public Health Services - Welcome Baby, EarlyON Child and Family Centre - Sanford Location - EarlyON Child and Family Centre - Sanford Location

A free weekly group for pregnant women to learn about healthy eating, prenatal care, breastfeeding and caring for your baby. Prepare and enjoy a snack. Talk with other moms, a Registered Nurse, and a Registered Dietitian. Grocery gift cards and bus tickets provided.

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Child Care Centres - EarlyON Child and Family Centre Neighbourhood Site, Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School - Stoney Creek - Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School - Stoney Creek

Offers free drop-in programs for parents/caregivers and children from birth to 6 years old, to play and learn together.
Service include:
* Fun activities – reading, storytelling, sing-alongs, games and more
* Advice from professionals trained in early childhood development
* Community resources on other family services
* Connecting with other families with young children

Hamilton. Public Health Services - Welcome Baby, EarlyON Child and Family Centre - Main West Location - EarlyON Child and Family Centre - Main West Location

A free weekly group for pregnant women to learn about healthy eating, prenatal care, breastfeeding and caring for your baby. Prepare and enjoy a snack. Talk with other moms, a Registered Nurse, and a Registered Dietitian. Grocery gift cards and bus tickets provided.

Today's Family - EarlyON Child and Family Centre, Terryberry Library - Hamilton Mountain - Terryberry Library - Hamilton Mountain

Offers free drop-in programs for parents/caregivers and children from birth to 6 years old, to play and learn together.
Service include:
* Fun activities – reading, storytelling, sing-alongs, games and more
* Advice from professionals trained in early childhood development
* Community resources on other family services
* Connecting with other families with young children

Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton / Niagara - Services for Children and Families

Offers health and social services to the French-speaking community of the Hamilton and Niagara regions.

Programs include:
Home Visits
Parent resource centre (satellite site of the EarlyON Child and Family Program)
Perinatal Program
Postnatal Yoga
Program for Parents
Summer Camps/Spring Breaks

Children's Aid Society of Hamilton - Family Support Program

Provides protection support services to families referred by child protection workers.

Family Visit Program: Parents can visit together in fully supervised, partially supervised, or check in/check out
formats. Parents and children are provided support to ensure that visits are positive and safe for everyone participating. Children may be in foster care or in the care of kin.

Parent Support Program: Provides focused therapeutic teaching to parents in the home and community, including situations where children are returning to a parent's care. Parents learn new techniques in parenting without using physical discipline, receive supportive instruction in infant care and development, child management, family routines, and nutrition, and are connected to services and supports in the community. Some families receive on-site supervised therapeutic intervention from the Parent Support Program.

Today's Family - EarlyON Child and Family Centre, Kiwanis Community Centre - Hamilton Mountain - Kiwanis Community Centre - Hamilton Mountain

Offers free drop-in programs for parents/caregivers and children from birth to 6 years old, to play and learn together.
Service include:
* Fun activities – reading, storytelling, sing-alongs, games and more
* Advice from professionals trained in early childhood development
* Community resources on other family services
* Connecting with other families with young children

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Child Care Centres - EarlyON Child and Family Centre Neighbourhood Site, St Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School - Stoney Creek - St Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School - Stoney Creek

Offers free drop-in programs for parents/caregivers and children from birth to 6 years old, to play and learn together.
Service include:
* Fun activities – reading, storytelling, sing-alongs, games and more
* Advice from professionals trained in early childhood development
* Community resources on other family services
* Connecting with other families with young children

Today's Family - EarlyON Child and Family Centre, Turner Park Library - Hamilton Mountain - Turner Park Library - Hamilton Mountain

Offers free drop-in programs for parents/caregivers and children from birth to 6 years old, to play and learn together.
Service include:
* Fun activities – reading, storytelling, sing-alongs, games and more
* Advice from professionals trained in early childhood development
* Community resources on other family services
* Connecting with other families with young children

Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre - Life Lessons Parenting Program

A 10-week skill-development program offered to parents and caregivers in weekly two-hour sessions. Helps participants develop positive parenting skills, increase knowledge, improve problem-solving, provide meaningful activities and education to children, decrease frustration, and strengthen the bond between parent and child.

Hamilton. Public Health Services - Welcome Baby, EarlyON Child and Family Centre Sanford Avenue Location - 735 King St - EarlyON Child and Family Centre

Free weekly group for pregnant women to learn about healthy eating, prenatal care, breastfeeding and caring for your baby. Prepare and enjoy a snack. Talk with other moms, a Registered Nurse, and a Registered Dietitian. Grocery gift cards and bus tickets provided.