I've jumped full-heartedly into loving my stepchildren, but that doesn't mean our blended family has been all been sunshine and unicorns. One of the difficulties in our blended family involves co-parenting.
One of the biggest stories that broke this week was a jaw-dropping admissions scandal involving some of the most prestigious universities in the country. The case will have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences. It is also an exclamation-point lesson in parenting.
For blended families, there is an added dynamic to our relationships and love for each other: choice.
Why do we feel the need for everything to be just so during the holiday season? Isn't there just as much beauty in life's imperfections? We should be counting our blessings instead.
The holidays can be a challenging time for blended families, especially for the kids. So it's important for a new family to establish some customs that everyone can look forward to each year.
Kids are already hardwired to be and to do good, but the adults in their lives must nurture these instincts. And it’s never too early! If kids grow up seeing volunteer work as a normal part of adult life, they’ll be more likely to take it on willingly and consistently.