Blended Family Workshop Series
Uniting two families with distinct cultures, history and sometimes baggage isn't something that comes naturally to most of us. After 15 years of stepfamily life, we finally realized that most of the issues we were dealing within our relationship and family were the result of failing to understand that stepfamilies are different.
Join this monthly workshop series to learn skills and techniques for dealing with the wide spectrum of stepfamily issues from dealing with a high conflict ex, to managing expectations to planning stepfamily finances.
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6:00 - 8:00 PM
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Workshop Series Topics
Blended Family Workshops
Step Parenting with Purpose
July 31, 2020 | Introduction
One day you will tell your story of how you have overcome what you're going through now, and it will become part of someone else's survival guide. This is the book I wish I had had 15 years ago. I decided to write it from a retrospective, rather than a reactionary, point of view. My stepkids are now 26 & 25, they were 10 & 11 when I became their stepmom.
I have never met or had any communication with their Mom. Yes, I have never met or had any communication with their Mom. So, I wrote this book to share my step parenting journey and insights to help revolutionise and reaffirm your life as a step parent knowing you are not alone, no matter what is thrown at you on the journey.
Presented by Karalee Katsambanis
Preventing Children in the Middle
Raising kids between mom's house and dad's house can be tasking and often is met with adult frustration. In this workshop we will be focusing on how children experience handoffs, competing attachments, 10 things kids wish they could tell their parents as well as what is at risk when they have two homes.
Solutions and strategies will be given to increase co-parent communication as well as dynamics within the stepfamily home to help children THRIVE! Kids in complex families live with one heart, between two homes - there is hope and it can be done well!
Presented by Jay and Tammy Daughtry, Co-Parenting International
Dealing with a High Conflict Ex
Ending a relationship with a partner who is prone to conflict can be challenging on many levels. If you have children, one of the most significant difficulties will be figuring out how to build a working relationship as co-parents. In that, you may have ideas about how you envision yourself parenting moving forward, yet it's possible that these ideas might conflict with those of the other parent.
Dealing with a high-conflict co-parent can be mentally, physically, emotionally, and sometimes financially draining. In this workshop you'll find strategies to find peace of mind as you learn to manage your relationship with your high conflict ex-spouse.
Presented by Kim Giles, author of Choosing Clarity: The Path to Fearlessness
Creating the Stepfamily You Want
March 27, 2020 | Watch Now
Creating a stepfamily is a huge decision — much bigger than getting married without dependent kids from earlier relationships — because of the obvious baggage. It’s not enough just to love somebody. You have to make sure your love is strong enough to share your partner’s family life — and even if you’re sure, you can’t just jump into it without preparation.
As a stepfamily there is so much consideration that is required to make a family successful, but most of the time we just mess it up because we don't know how to effectively be in a stepfamily. Join us to learn practical skills for creating the stepfamily you've always wanted.
Presented by Michael and Christina Fisher (Blended Family Crusaders)
Establishing Stepfamily Expectations
February 28, 2020 | Watch Now
The prospect of building a stepfamily can evoke feelings of excitement, relief, nervousness and worry all at the same time. Building a successful stepfamily requires significant energy and commitment, so partners should talk about expectations for each other and their new family before and after marriage. Addressing these important issues early can help avoid serious problems down the road. Setting realistic expectations and goals are crucial to creating a healthy, successful stepfamily.
Presented by High Impact Stepfamily Expert Keith Crossley