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Blended families can be overwhelming, confusing and even discouraging at times.  With the proper expectations and expert advice, it can be enjoyable, pleasant and fulfilling.


The Stepfamily Network is dedicated to finding the world's leading blended family experts to provide advice, skills and tools that will help your blended family thrive.

new series: Stepup 2020 | Blended Family workshops

What You'll Learn

Uniting two families with distinct cultures, history and sometimes baggage isn't something most of us know how to do. 


This live-stream & on-demand series features monthly 90-minute coaching workshops featuring stepfamily experts discusing key blended family topics.

ATTENTION: Live (In Person) Attendance Is Limited to 20 People Due to UT State Social Distancing Requirements.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Workshop Series Topics (Feb - Oct, 2020)

Watch Now: Establishing Stepfamily Expectations

Watch Now: Creating the Stepfamily You Want

Wach Now: Dealing with a High Conflict Ex

Watch Now: Preventing 'Children in the Middle'

July 31: Step Parenting with Purpose (Preview)

August 28: Tackling Tough Legal Issues

September 25: Connecting with Stepchildren

October 30: Planning Stepfamily Finances


Online Courses by Blended Family Experts

Featuring Stepfamily Therapists, Coaches, Authors and Speakers

Ron is one of the most widely read, heard  and viewed experts on blended families in the world.

He is founder of Smart Stepfamilies, Director of FamilyLife Blended for FamilyLife, and the author/coauthor of over a dozen books and video resources on stepfamily living, including the bestselling book Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages and Becoming Stepfamily Smart.

Laura serves couples and single adults with topics on spiritual growth, relationships, stepfamilies, co-parenting, single parenting, divorce prevention, and divorce recovery.

She is an international speaker and author of four books including the  The Smart Stepmom, co-authored with stepfamily expert Ron Deal and endorsed by Gary Chapman (Five Love Languages

Kim is the author of the ClarityPoint Coaching Process and President and founder of The ClarityPoint Coaching Academy.  


She was named one of the top 20 advice gurus in the country by Good Morning America in 2010 and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs sharing her unique insights on life and relationships.


Seminar: The Smart Stepfamily Conference

with Ron Deal, Laura Petherbridge and Kim Giles



The Smart Stepfamily Conference is multi-session course for stepfamily couples, single parents, dating couples with kids, and those who care about blended families.

What You'll Learn:

  • Stepfamily Dynamics: Why and How They Differ

  • The Ex-Spouse-In-Law: Good, Bad the Ugly

  • Things I wish My Parents and Stepparents Knew 

  • Becoming Stepfamily Smart

  • How to "Cook" a Stepfamily​

  • Biggest Fears in a Stepfamily

  • Your Marriage - Priority One

  • Attachment, Loss and Loyalty

  • Pillars of Stepparent Success


stepfamily resources

Blended Family Books Now Available

The perfect companion material to Stepfamily Network online courses are now available. 

Browse popular titles from the worlds best-selling blended family authors.

free talk: Our Biggest fears in a stepfamily

with author and coach,  Kim Giles 


Getting offended is often the origin of many of our interpersonal issues.  Learning why we get offended is the first step in overcoming this common challenge.  

What You'll Learn

  • Why we get offended

  • Living in a balanced vs. unbalanced state

  • Understanding the fear of failure and loss

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