Our latest E-Magazine...
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In this issue:
- Overcoming the Jealousy Monster
- Parenting: When you change the rules
- Two new DVD resources
- Testimonies & Your Feedback
- Pew Research Report on stepfamilies
- Upcoming Webinars & Conferences
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Least Utilized, Most Impact
According to a recent Pew Research Report, 15% of adult men in the US are stepfathers (16.5 million). And most of them are trying to be good fathers when they should really strive to be Smart Stepdads instead. "Good fathers" who assume an active, engaging fatherly role within the first two years often find that it backfires. But men who relax, go with the flow, and don't try to be an instant hero become wise stepfathers and have a smoother transition into the role of stepdad. A little wisdom and patience goes a long way.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: "that's just not true anymore". For years people complained to our ministry that they just couldn't find Biblically-based, research-informed resources for blended families. That used to be true, but that's just not true anymore. This month we are excited to release two more DVD resources: Remarriage Success (for couples and groups) and Ministering to Stepfamilies (ministry training resource). Available only through Successful Stepfamilies (see below), these resources are now added to:
4 books, including the soon to be released The Smart Stepdad
1 DVD curriculum
1 booklet for children
regular online webinars (including the next stepmom webinar Tuesday, March 8th)
conferences offered nationally
regular Facebook and blog posts on marriage, family, and stepfamilies
a training DVD for therapists
hundreds of archived articles available online...for free, and
this free E-Magazine
Now I tell people, if you can't find a resource, you just haven't looked very hard (smile)!
But wait, there's one additional resource. And this one is our least utilized, but, I believe, most impactful. Marriage therapy intensives are life-changing opportunities for couples because they allow you and I to dedicate 2-3 days of focused time to improving your marriage and family. Now, we are offering group intensives for 3-5 couples--so you can learn in a supportive group environment--and we're doing so at the lowest rate ever! The next one is April 19-22. Intensives are not for everyone, but when you need help, this ought to be what you consider. Learn more
We hope you are blessed by this edition of Stepfamily E-Magazine. Remember to Like us at Facebook and check out recent post with tips for negotiating parenting rules in a blended family.
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In His Grace,
Ron L. Deal, Founder & President
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Upcoming Webinars & Conferences
· March 8 Webinar, The Ex-Wife-in-Law
· March 19 Stepfamily Conference, Chicago, IL
· April 8-9 Stepfamily Conference, Sherwood (Little Rock), AR
· April 12 Webinar, Managing the Fires of Couple Conflict
· April 19-22 Group Marriage Intensive, Amarillo, TX
· May 6-7 Ministry Training, Malibu, CA
· May 10 Webinar, Enhancing Marital Sexuality
· May 14 Stepfamily Conference, Columbus, OH
· June 3-4 Stepfamily Conference, Fenton, MI
· June 20-24 Ministry Training, Dallas, TX
· Aug 12-13 Stepfamily Conference, Mankato, MN