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Ways to Stay Positive Through Discouragement

The Championship Fathering blog by Carey Casey   Over the past few weeks, we have sent out emails and letters…
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Just Get Out of the Comfort Zone. Just Be DAD.

A Key to Connecting with Your Kids by Michael French   Remember the song “Danger Zone” from the movie Top…
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9 Ways for a Stepdad to Engage With His Family

Just Climb Stepdad Mountain. Just Be Dad. by Ron L. Deal   “How tall is it?” I ignorantly asked a…
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4 Ways Dads Can Help Hurting Kids

Sometimes life leaves emotional scars on children. How can we dads help them most effectively? A stepdad named Eric wrote…
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What We All Can Learn from Stepdads

A study released earlier this year points out that being affirming and attentive is important for all dads, but particularly for stepdads. Researchers at the Institute of Education, University of London, found that stepdads are more likely than stepmoms to have conflict with a teenager. The stepdads reported more behavioral problems in their teens, and they admitted that they spend less time praising their children in comparison to biological dads. Generally the relationship is worse if the teen is a boy.

The Effective Stepfather: A Check-List to Live By

Anyone who has been a father and then a stepfather knows that they aren't the same.  While many aspects of these two roles are similar, it is the unique ones that lead to disillusionment. Franklin put it this way: "I've been to every Promise Keepers conference and I've studied fathering with my men's group many times. But nothing has prepared me for being a stepfather. With my own kids I have a natural leadership authority that allows me to teach them and be directive. With my stepchildren I constantly feel like I’m one step behind, like I have to establish myself each time I engage them."

Someone Who Loves You

Children in eleven U.S. cities are giving moving tributes to their fathers as they read their prize-winning essays during Father of the Year celebration events. Each essay has a story behind it, and Haley Hubbard, a 12th grader from Tulsa, brought the entire audience to tears as she stood with her stepfather and read this essay:

Stepfathering Adolescents: It Takes Patience, Flexibility and Humor

Pre-teen and teenage kids can pose a tremendous challenge for stepfathers. As they develop their identity and self-esteem, they are very sensitive to dramatic changes in their family structure and living situations.

How to Cook a Stepfamily

Whether you realize it or not, your stepfamily has likely assumed a specific integration style. By that, I mean a set of assumptions about how your stepfamily 'ought' to come together. I like to use cooking as an analogy to identify some integration styles that stepfamilies attempt to utilize. Let’s start with the ones that generally don't work.

Stepdads: Don’t Compete With the Child’s Father

Orville is about to become a stepfather, and he wrote to me with a question: the 8-year-old son of his fiancée minds his father very well, but wreaks havoc at home. "What should I do?" Orville writes.


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