Category: Blended & Changing Families

Thoughts on the “Next Serious Relationship” After Divorce

Posted by Delaine - November 10, 2013 - Blended & Changing Families, Fears & Challenges, Loving & Trusting, Making It Work, Relationships
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The title of this blog may be a bit misleading.  Cause I don’t want to talk in a professional  tone or way about the “next serious relationship” after divorce.  I want to talk about mine. That’s right.  MY next serious relationship.  I had one for over 18 months.  And I never told you anything about […]

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Should the Kids’ Stepdad Be Honored on Father’s Day?

Posted by Delaine - May 26, 2011 - Blended & Changing Families, Relationships
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This is a question many divorced women ask after they’ve remarried – and one that can be source of stress and fear.  After all, they don’t want to wrongly steal the spotlight from the kids’ biological father, nor do they want to upset their kids.  At the same time, however,  it seems a slap in […]

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Summer’s Coming…Are You Planning A Vacation with Your Blended Family?

Posted by Delaine - May 9, 2011 - Blended & Changing Families, Relationships
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Summer will soon be here and some of you who have new boyfriends/spouses may be wondering what to do about vacation time:  what works best for the kids?  What’s ‘too long’, where should expectations lie, and most importantly, how can you make create a positive and memorable experience for everyone? Blended family expert Shirley Cress […]

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Critical Guidelines for Divorced and/or Remarried Parents

Posted by Delaine - February 28, 2011 - Blended & Changing Families, Children, Co-Parenting, Dealing with the ex, Parenting, Trying to Get Along
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Written by blended family expert Shirley Cress Dudley. 1- Keep contact to a minimum. One phone call a day is excessive, several text messages a day is extremely excessive. If you have a subject related to the kids, speak briefly and clearly about your expectations. Emails are better than phone calls if your issue is […]

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Posing For Photos With Ex & Kids: A Definite No-No

Posted by Delaine - February 1, 2011 - Blended & Changing Families, Relationships
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A Q&A with blended family expert Shirley Cress Dudley. A future blended mom asks: Help!  My fiancé is still posing, each year, for Christmas family photos with his ex-wife and his kids. They also celebrate Christmas together, every year. He doesn’t see any harm in it, and says the kids like it. I don’t think […]

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HELP! My Kids Are Being Mean To Their Future Step Dad

Posted by Delaine - January 8, 2011 - Blended & Changing Families
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A Q & A with blended family expert Shirley Cress Dudley. QUESTION: I have two girls, ages 8 and 12. My future husband has three kids – girls, ages 6 and 12, and an 8 year old boy.  We have every other week custody of our children, on the same days. They also attend the […]

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Stepdaughter Draws Evil Pictures of StepMother

Posted by Delaine - January 2, 2011 - Blended & Changing Families, Relationships
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Submitted by Blended Family Expert Shirley Cress Dudley. Reader Question: My 9-year-old stepdaughter is having problems accepting me in her life as her stepmother. She is very close to her real mother and has told me numerous times that she hates me and doesn’t want me in her life. She has been acting up a […]

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Relationship Advice: Focus Less on the Kids & More on Each Other

Posted by Delaine - May 6, 2010 - Blended & Changing Families, Making It Work, Relationships
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Couples need to focus on each other more and their kids less, according to family coach and author David Code.  Not only will their kids be happier and healthier for it, so will their marriages/relationships.  And I’m taking notes:  cause when I was married, I admit I sometimes put being a great parent ahead of being a great spouse.  And […]

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