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When your partner hates your child (or you hate your partners child), it can make your relationship seem impossible. The first step is acknowledging that this is going on. Then it’s important to validate one another’s feelings. Hatred is a strong emotion, and is usually coming from someplace. With understanding and communication, this doesn’t have to ruin your relationship. Family counseling can help, and sometimes just time can help. Listen to this episode for some tips on how to deal with this difficult situation.

 

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This episode is focused around a listener question, who wants to know how to deal with a very serious, dangerous situation in her life. In many cases, people are dealing with an ex partner who is dangerous to the well being of their child. This can mean abuse, addiction, or mental illness. In this case, our listener is dealing with something unimaginable.

 

 

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When your child decides they want to move out of your home, and in with their other biological parent, it can turn your world upside down. On this episode, we will talk about why this happens, and what you can do about it. I will also share with you a little of my personal story.

 

In blended families, this can turn into a situation that affects everyone in the entire home. It’s important to understand that this often has nothing to do with you, but entirely to do with the child. Teenagers, especially, are on their own agenda. They will do whatever they can to get what they want. In a traditional, biological home, they don’t have much of a choice. In the divorced home, it’s often very easy to choose the other home when things get uncomfortable for them.

 

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In a traditional family setting, with two parents and their biological children, there are usually two sets of grandparents.  In the blended family, there are at least one or more additional sets of grandparents involved.  This can be difficult to navigate, especially if you don’t have cooperation from the grandparents. Becoming step grandparents may be a role that they weren’t prepared for, and maybe never even thought about.  Once placed in that situation, grandparents often have a hard time rising to the challenge.

 

In this episode, we will address the reasons why step grandparents struggle with their new role, and what you can do to help them along.  We will also talk about what grandparents should be doing, and what they may be doing wrong.

 

With time and patience, relationships between step grandparents and their step grandchildren can flourish. There is a special place in every blended family for grandparents.

 

 

 

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