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Building a Stepfamily that lasts, Part Three

on April 19, 2015

We are continuing in our series Building a Stepfamily that lasts. We recommend you reading Part One & Part Two before reading this one. We have been exploring six building blocks to creating a stepfamily that lasts. We know that stepfamilies begin as a group of virtual strangers with little in common. Actually, stepfamilies are the […]


Self-Deception

on March 30, 2015

Deception’s banner is, “I’m OK, you’re nuts;” because it can’t afford to be wrong. What is self-deception? How can you deceive yourself? Is it like telling yourself a joke and then laughing at it? Well, let’s take a look. I suspect deception is about unawareness. Deception wants to be left alone. It hides, even behind […]


Building a Stepfamily That Lasts, Part Two

on March 13, 2015

Last time in Part One we introduced six building blocks to creating a stepfamily that lasts. Develop trust among family members by creating an atmosphere where it is safe to disclose and be vulnerable. Develop clear family goals and identify obstacles to growth. Address the inability to have healthy conflict. Increase buy-in and commitment by […]


Remarrying – The Quest Continues

on February 8, 2015

Americans are enamored with marriage-especially getting married. Nearly three-quarters of us marry by our 35th birthday. And when we fail, we do not give up. As many as half of all marriages end in divorce, but three out of four of those divorced people will marry again, typically within two years-or less!! Four out of […]


Building Trust

on February 1, 2015

Many stepfamilies begin life as a fractured group of wounded people. In fact, a defining characteristic of all stepfamilies is that they are born of loss. Changes are happening that make everyone uncomfortable. There is a conspicuous lack of trust. Motives and actions are suspect. Family members are disconnected; sometimes feeling like strangers. Interactions are […]


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