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Season 1,

Episode KNL010 “Blended Families”

May 04, 2017

Blending families can be very difficult but ultimately very rewarding. Learn to be patient both with your partner, their ex-partner, their children, your child (ren), and even yourself. An incorrect assumption is to believe you will magically love your partners children as easily as you found love for them (your partner). While you may find these little angels more demonic than angelic, remember that they are an extension of your partner and as a co-parent and role model it is your responsibility to embrace the strengths of each child.  Bio parents should understand that a new step-parent cannot replace the loving, healthy, natural attachment a child forms with their own parent, the more loving adults a child is surrounded by only increases their sense of self esteem and self worth. Having happy, healthy, well-adjusted children is truly the sweetest reward of your parenting efforts so why not do whatever it takes to increase this likelihood.  Tune in as Kristin lays down her wisdom and offers some Golden Rules of blending families.

Show Notes
  • 04:30

    Understanding expectations

  • 09:00

    Parents need to adapt to the needs of their children

  • 22:32

    “There’s no such thing as too many positive role models”

  • 26:25

    When is a good time to tell the kids to call Stepdad Jack, “Dad” (EEEEEEEEKKK!, GASP!)

  • 33:10

    Listener Meghan asks a priceless question regarding assets, life insurance policies, and how to plan for future distribution among children that is fair and equitable to her own children that had a nice little nest egg before she partnered up.

  • 46:44 Kristin schools us on Pre-Nups


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