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Parenting and creating healthy family dynamics can be a challenge, one that is often magnified for step-families. Blenders can “scramble” things and careful blending can bring the right balance to all the ingredients. This course addresses the important relational factors among spouses, parents, children, and siblings that are  critical to building and sustaining the blended family.

Session 1: Starting Your Family Off Strong: Five Keys to Being a Good Blender

Session 2: Helping Your Children Embrace a New Spouse: Laying the Right Foundation

Session 3: Building Relationships with Your Spouse’s Children: Creating a Healthy Dynamic 

Session 4: Respecting Your Step-children’s Other Parent: Understanding, Making Space, and Flexibility

Session 5: Helping Children Relate to New Step-siblings: Unique Bonds and Unique Challenges

Session 6: Difficult Co-parenting Relationships: Managing Anger, Hurt, and Resentment 

Session 7: Suffering Rejection from Step-children: Coaching Strategies and Managing Expectations 

Session 8: Boundaries in Blended Families: Building the Right Fences and Needed Guardrails

Session 9: Bringing it Real: Questions and Answers about Boundaries 

Session 10: Creating Lasting Memories for Your Step-children: Four Effective Strategies  

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/

Dr. Eric Scalise

Eric Scalise, PhD, is the President of LIV Consulting, LLC. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) with Hope for the Heart. He is also the former Senior Vice President for the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and former Department Chair for Counseling Programs at Regent University. Dr. Scalise is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with 40 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field, and he served six years on the Virginia Board of Counseling under two governors. Specialty areas include professional/pastoral stress and burnout, combat trauma and PTSD, marriage and family issues, grief and loss, addictions and recovery, leadership development, and lay counselor training. He is a published author, adjunct professor at several Christian universities, conference speaker, and frequently works with organizations, clinicians, ministry leaders, and churches on a variety of issues.

Christie Meldrim

Christie Meldrim, MA, has been in church ministry for 15 years and currently works as the Guest Services Director at West Ridge Church in Dallas, Georgia. Most recently, Christie served as the Creative Arts Project Manager at West Ridge where she managed all communications, media, and production requests for the church. She received a degree in Student Ministry from Colorado Christian University. She currently lives in Dallas, Georgia, with her husband Mark and is stepmom to Alexis, Dillon, Libbie, and Leeann. See more at: www.blendednotbroken.org