United You Stand

United You Stand

Getting Real With Shadra Bruce When there is more than one person caring for a child there are bound to be disagreements. It can come down to personal preference or may actually be differing values based on how your were raised. But the disagreement itself is rarely...
Adjusting to Life in a Blended Family

Adjusting to Life in a Blended Family

Probably one of the more notable challenges of living in a blended family is adjusting to the various lifestyles and attitudes each of us bring to the newly formed group. The kids were old enough, when their biological mother left, to remember some differences between...
Avoiding the Holiday Custody Tug of War

Avoiding the Holiday Custody Tug of War

Getting Real With Shadra Bruce I was in the store the other day and they’re already clearancing costumes and preparing to put out Christmas trees and ornaments. It’s September, but if you’re a blended family, that can simply mean the stress season is...
4 Steps to Resolving Issues in a Blended Family

4 Steps to Resolving Issues in a Blended Family

by Shadra Bruce Building a successful blended family can be a very difficult process for everyone involved. I often suggest that stepparents need to talk to their spouses – that open communication is the best path to resolution – as often as possible. However, when...