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Blending Families - 5 Tips For Successful Step-Parenting

Blending Families - 5 Tips For Successful Step-Parenting | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
Are you remarrying after divorce? Consider our tips for blending families.
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Blending families together can be complicated and unnerving . Learn how to do so with love and ease. 

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On the Other Side of Burnout |

On the Other Side of Burnout | | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
We may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and fatigued by the multiple demands of our lives. How can we prevent or heal from burnout that seems unavoidable.
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We may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and fatigued by the multiple demands of our lives. How can we prevent or heal from burnout that seems unavoidable.

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Successful Co-parenting Video by Children of Divorce

Successful Co-parenting Video by Children of Divorce | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
Successful co-parenting can indeed be found by listening to children of divorce. The effects of divorce on children and learning how to cope with divorce.
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Video with messages from kids to their co-parenting parents. 

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The Secret To Blending A Family | Alphamom

The Secret To Blending A Family | Alphamom | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
The secret to successfully blending a family is making peace with it being messy and ongoing and scary and wonderful.

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being a parent post-divorce | divorce and family mediation in nyc

being a parent post-divorce | divorce and family mediation in nyc | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it

being a parent post-divorce


Cooperating with your ex for the sake of your children can seem overwhelming in the early stages of the divorce. Try to put aside your relationship issues, your hurt and your anger towards one another and put your children’s needs first. Your marriage may be over but your family is not and your children need to know and feel that you will both continue to love them and be there for them despite the break up.


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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, August 22, 2013 12:08 AM

Knowing how to coparent after a divorce is a very difficult to navigate...here are some tips for beginning from a family mediator

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The Divorced Kids' Manifesto - Kate Scharff, LCSW-C LICSW

The Divorced Kids' Manifesto - Kate Scharff, LCSW-C LICSW | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
  • Don’t criticize each other in front of us. Rolling your eyes counts. After a few years we might stop telling you how much we hate it. We never stop hating it. And by the way– we overhear about ninety-five percent of your phone conversations.
  •  If we tell you something bad that happened at the other parent’s house, just listen. Maybe try to be supportive or help us figure out how to cope. We hate it when you have a conniption and run to the phone. Plus, we can tell when you’re secretly psyched that it’s not all paradise “over there.” That sucks, too.

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Dr. Amy Fuller's curator insight, August 22, 2013 12:01 AM

This is excellent manifesto for parents to know what divorce is like for kids. 

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Survey Reveals #1 Reason Couples Divorce

Survey Reveals #1 Reason Couples Divorce | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
A new survey confirms what your premarital counselor knew all along: the trick to staving off divorce lies in how effectively you and your spouse communicate.

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Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:53 PM

Communication!!!! First of all communication MUST be inside ourselves, with our inner self! The "outside" is simply the reflection of the inside! 

You change the inside.... thw world around you is going to change!!!

 

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My Divorce Library - My Dad's Divorce Blog - Reading and Reference Library | The Off Parent

My Divorce Library - My Dad's Divorce Blog - Reading and Reference Library | The Off Parent | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
The books of my divorce. I hope these can help you as much as they helped me. The books that got me through my divorce in one piece.
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We cannot endorse all of these books on this reading list, but many of them are excellent resources. 

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The Structured Separation Agreement – Patrick Ward, PhD

Occasionally in my practice there is a couple I am working with that are “stuck” and if they continue to stay together they will definitely hurt their chances of perpetual marital bliss. Yet, divorce is not something I encourage though for some it becomes a decision they must make.  Sometimes it is helpful for the couple to agree to “trial separation.”  In this post you will learn a way to go about a structured or trial separation. 

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List of questions for couples moving toward separation...

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Children and Divorce: Helping your kids cope with the effects of separation and divorce

Children and Divorce: Helping your kids cope with the effects of separation and divorce | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
Divorce is tough on kids. Here’s what you can do to help them cope.
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Guide to Step-parenting and Blended Families: How to Bond with Stepchildren and Deal with Stepfamily Problems

Guide to Step-parenting and Blended Families: How to Bond with Stepchildren and Deal with Stepfamily Problems | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it

When families "blend" to create stepfamilies, things rarely progress smoothly. Some children may resist changes, while parents can become frustrated when the new family doesn't function like their previous family. While changes to family structure require adjustment time for everyone involved, these guidelines can help blended families work out their growing pains and live together successfully.

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Stepfamily Living ~ Elizabeth Einstein

Stepfamily Living ~ Elizabeth Einstein | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
Stepfamily and remarriage resources and tips. Quality, award-winning books, bookets and educational materials addressing all aspects of successful blended family life from one of America's leaders in the stepfamily world.
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DivorceCare for Kids divorce recovery support groups for children

DivorceCare for Kids divorce recovery support groups for children | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
DivorceCare for Kids is a divorce recovery support group to help your children, 5-12 years of age, heal from the pain caused by a separation or divorce.
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Great website with information about divorce with resources for families and also support group information for children.

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Honoring the Remarried Family « Family Focused Solutions

Honoring the Remarried Family « Family Focused Solutions | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it

There is a distinct lack of adequate language to describe the new relationships that arise in a “remarried” family. The complexities of relationships in remarried binuclear post-divorce families defy simple charting or characterization. The need to develop both more open and more clearly defined relationship boundaries in the expanded family that is created when a former spouse remarries is complicated by this lack of simple relational terms. Additions and subtractions of members in three generations simultaneously, structural and functional changes in rules and roles, and the clash of pre-existing family cultures, create loyalty conflicts around “who’s the boss”?

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Handouts for Divorcing Parents

Handouts for Divorcing Parents | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it

Lots of informative handouts with suggetions for best practice when parents divorce. 

Telling the Children

Reassuring the Children

Dealing with Children's Feelings of Fault

Talking about Fault

Whom Do You Tell?

Schedule: General Guidelines

Planning a Schedule

Handovers

Short Visits

Staying in Touch

An Agreement Children Can Read


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Excellent resource for parents

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Top Ten Divorce Don'ts

Top Ten Divorce Don'ts | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
Top ten divorce don'ts from renowned marriage expert, Gary Neuman.

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Bowen Family Systems Coaching for the Post-Divorce Couples

Bowen Family Systems Coaching for the Post-Divorce Couples | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it

At some point, for a significant minority of couples, one or both partners conclude that the strategies of acceptance and change no longer work. At that juncture, the goal of living a healthier, happier, more productive life shifts from working to resolve marital difficulties to focusing on a Good Divorce. But how do you make it work if your former spouse doesn’t want to make it work? How do you make it better for your children and yourself? What are the rules of engagement when former partners are no longer intimate or romantic but remain co-parents for life? How does the Family Forest analogy apply post-divorce with an even more complicated range of ambiguities, acrimony and cooperation?


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Tips for Divorced Parents: Co-parenting with Your Ex and Making Joint Custody Work

Tips for Divorced Parents: Co-parenting with Your Ex and Making Joint Custody Work | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it

Co-parenting amicably with your ex can give your children stability and close relationships with both parents–but it's rarely easy. Putting aside relationship issues to co-parent agreeably can be fraught with stress. Despite the many challenges, though, it is possible to develop a cordial working relationship with your ex for the sake of your children. With these tips, you can remain calm, stay consistent, and avoid or resolve conflict with your ex and make joint custody work.

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A HEALING SEPARATION With Goals

http://marriagemissions.com/healing-separation/

A Healing Separation is a structured time apart in which can help a couple heal a relationship that isn’t working. It can also help revitalize and renew a relationship that’s working. The Healing Separation is designed to transform the basis of a love relationship —moving it from neediness to health. A successful Healing Separation requires that both partners be committed to personal growth, and to creating healthier relationships with themselves and each other. Such a framework will allow them to carve out a new and more fulfilling relationship than they’ve known in the past.

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Marriage Done Right: The foundation of success for stepfamilies

We all have priorities, but then we get sidetracked into matters that seem important at the time and in the process ignore what's important. In marriage the real priority is the marriage. No other relationships and no other issues are more important. Still, it's easy to get distracted.

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Healthy divorce: How to make your split as smooth as possible

Healthy divorce: How to make your split as smooth as possible | Navigating Separation, Divorce and Blended Families | Scoop.it
Separation and divorce are emotionally difficult events, but it is possible to have a healthy breakup.
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