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Over 50% of families in the United States are remarried or recoupled and nearly 1,300 new stepfamilies are created every single day. Beyond the normal stresses and pressures on any marriage and family, second marriages fail at almost twice the rate of first time unions. This foundational course in blended family coaching addresses many of the core issues also while offering practical and biblical solutions.

Session 1: When Things First Seemed Broken: A Framework and Five Critical Factors

Session 2: Separation, Distress, and Reunion: Ten Principles of Attachment in Blended Families

Session 3: Keys for Stepdads: Life Lessons Learned Along the Way

Session 4: First Comes Marriage: Creating the Right Foundation for a Healthy Family

Session 5: The Love that was Already There: Blending Into an Existing Family

Session 6: Relationship Before Rules: When Step-parenting is the Introduction to Parenting 

Session 7: Broken Bonds in the Family: Understanding the Nature of Grief and Loss

Session 8: Before Saying, “I Do:” What I Wish Someone Had Told Me about Being a Blended Family

Session 9: The Role of the Biological Parent: Setting Your Spouse Up for Successful Step-parenting 

Session 10: Bringing it Real: A Blended Family Conversation and Putting it All Together 

Tim Smith

Tim Smith, MA, has over 35 years of experience with nonprofit organizations in administration, management, leadership, and fund development. He has also served as a Development Officer in nonprofit organizations and Executive Pastor for two megachurches. Tim recently served as Chief Development Officer for the Museum of the Bible and is the Founder and President of NonProfit DNA, a development and consulting agency. Together with his daughter, Christie Meldrim, Tim is the Founder of Blended, Not Broken, a ministry organization providing resources for blended families. He is married to Olivia and they share a total of six children. Tim is the author of Donors Are People Too: Managing Relationships with Your Ministry’s Major Contributors, a book on the art of personal relationship with donors, and What Have I Gotten Myself Into, released in 2019. For more, see http://blendednotbroken.org/