Living and Loving Each Day: Success in a Blended Family

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Spotted Cow Press, 2005 - Stepfamilies - 313 pages
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Contents

Introduction
1
The Nature of Change
2
Change and the Law of Entropy
5
Change Reality and Happiness
6
Henrys Story
9
My First Marriage
14
My Second Marriage
18
Susans Story
26
Sensitive Issues Will Arise
180
Marrying a Partner Whose Spouse Has Died
183
Marrying a Partner Who Has Divorced
186
Child Custody and Adoption
189
Our Blended Family
192
Questions About Custody
194
Visitation
199
Adopting Stepchildren
201

My First Marriage
30
Life as a Divorced Parent
31
My Second Marriage
41
The Many Forms of a Blended Family
43
Different Forms of Blended Families
44
Predicting Marital Success
53
Length of Courtship
54
Age at Marriage
55
Approval of Family and Friends
57
A Conventional Approach to Life
58
The Similarity Principle
59
Sexuality
60
Relationship with Parents and Family
61
Build a Relationship with Each Other First
64
The Relationship Comes First
65
Factors Essential to Building a Couples Relationship
67
Exercise 1 Taking A Close Look
70
Exercise 2 How Defenses Might Actually Be Seen
73
Exercise 3 What is Your Personality?
76
Be Sensitive to the Soft Spots
79
Understand the Value of Openness
81
Timing is Important
83
The Importance of Giving and Receiving Feedback
84
Intimacy and Sexuality
85
The Preparation Phase
87
Eight Factors to Help Build Intimacy
89
Why Do We Have Sex?
94
Sexual Problems
97
Teaching Children About Sex
100
Positive Parenting
104
Strategies for Building a Positive SelfImage
116
Strategies to Improve a Childs School Performance
119
Parenting in a Blended Family
124
The Three Ss
127
Lets Agree on How to Discipline
129
Disciplining Teens and Young Adults
132
Fairness and Equity are Important
135
Blending the Children
137
Problem Solving and Communication Skills
144
The Importance of Positive Communication
148
Positive Steps to Solving Problems
150
Expressing Our Emotions
152
Is this a Problem or a Conflict?
164
When the Problem or Conflict Seems Too Big to Solve
167
InLaws ExLaws and OutLaws
169
Blending the Family and Extended Family
172
Dating in the Beginning
176
A Word to Parents About Grandparents
203
A Word to Grandparents About Parents
204
A Word to NonCustodial Parents
205
Childrens Views on Custody
206
A Word to StepParents
208
Home Sweet Home
209
Money Matters
213
What is it about Money?
215
The Psychology of Money
217
Dealing with Special Occasions
231
The Significance of Special Events
233
Places and Things that Hold Special Memory
236
Dealing with Mixed Thoughts and Feelings
237
Meeting the Family
238
Meeting Old Friends
239
Meeting the Extended Family
240
Meeting My Best Friends
241
Minimizing the Emotional Impact
242
Spirituality
248
The Value of Spirituality
249
True Spirituality
251
Asking the Important Questions about Spirituality
253
Expectations and Values
255
What to Do When Religions Differ
256
Integration into the Church Community
259
Leadership in Spiritual Development
260
Spiritual Growth
261
The Power of Friendships
268
Friendships May Change
269
Remarriage and Social Relationships
270
How Do We Relate to Others?
272
Can We Adapt Our Social Skills?
276
How to Be a Good Friend
277
What Ever Happened to the Old Friends?
280
Her Friends His Friends Our Friends
282
True Friends Versus Acquaintances
285
Can Family Members Also Be Best Friends?
287
Set Spiritual Goals Make Love Your Aim
290
The Churchs View on Divorce and ReMarriage
291
How Can the Church Help?
299
Setting Spiritual Goals in Your Family
301
Biblical Principles to Consider
304
Biblical Views on Raising Children
307
Make Love Your Aim
308
Ethics Without Religion
311
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