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In This Issue of StepMom Magazine
This month's issue of StepMom Magazine features the launch of Emily Bouchard's "On the Money" column where each month she will respond to reader's questions about finances, and financial and estate planning for step and blended families.
Are You Ready To Have a Healthy RelationshipWhen Claudette Chenevert interviewed me for her StepMoms Toolbox Radio Show, we were inundated with questions. We recognized that there was a strong need for answers to persistent, common concerns stepmoms have when it comes to money and how it impacts their lives.
with Money and More Peace in Your Stepfamily?
Listen to the Money & Stepfamilies interview or check out the special webinar series we've designed to address your specific issues when it comes to money and step-family dynamics.
Emily Bouchard, Director,
Estate Planning For Blended Families
Did you know that more than 60% of Americans don't have a Will? Are you one of them? With a blended family, you can't afford NOT to have one! Who has power of attorney if something were to happen to you? Do you know if your partner would be able to be in your hospital room if you are rendered incapacitated? Have the two of you spelled out what you want to have happen with all of your children when the time comes?
This new guide provides great support and easy tools on how to make your estate planning easy, and yes, even enjoyable! Click to learn more about Emily Bouchard's new book
Estate Planning for Blended Families.
Struggling with a Blended Family Issue Right Now?
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Blended Family Jewelry
Blended-Families.com has joined forces with Phoebe Jonas Jewelry to bring you a special gift: costumed designed Purple Heart and Crystal Heart necklaces exclusively for Step-Heroes.
We created this beautiful design as a way to honor stepmothers and stepdaughters and acknowledge how tough navigating the emotional minefields of stepfamily life together can sometimes be. Wearing this heart is a reminder of the perseverance and love in every Step-Hero's heart. AND, when you purchase either necklace, you get a copy of the recording and ebook: Straight Answers to Tough Stepfamily Questions as our gift to you!
Emily Bouchard Quoted by USA Today
In the 2/7/11 edition of USA Today, our very own Emily Bouchard was quoted in an article entitled, "Financial planning for Brady Bunches -- Blended families make life more complicated." The article explores how blending families complicates financial issues and (gratefully) gives some valueable suggestions on how to deal with these challenges.
Listen to Emily Bouchard, Blended Families expert, interviewed on the Family Matters radio show.
When Martha Stewart Weddings interviewed me regarding the tricky issues related to having a stepmother of the bride, and asked about proper stepmother wedding etiquette, I was thrilled to learn that publications of this nature were taking this issue seriously.
Knowing that the Martha Stewart magazine article would be a short and sweet response to the complex set of challenges faced by more and more brides and grooms, we at Blended-Families.com wanted to provide a more in depth special report on this topic.
"Tips on Wedding Etiquette with Divorced Parents in the Mix"
What we created was an ebook that has answers to a series of questions and scenarios related to planning a beautiful, meaningful wedding when stepparents (or new partners or lady friends) are in the mix. This includes having a stepmother of the bride and/or a stepfather of the bride.
- Emily Bouchard, MSSW
"Your family will thrive,
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We know, we've done it,
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Step Parenting eBooks:
Respect or Relationship
Chicken or Egg?
Which does come first? If you ask an adult the answer will probably be... respect is the foundation of any good relationship - you can't have a relationship without respect. If you ask a child, although you probably wouldn't, their answer would depend on where they are at develop- mentally and their level of understanding of what respect means. Children aren't born knowing what respect means and look to adults to provide some role modelling. They do know however, how important people and relationships are to them; they are always on the look out for someone who sincerely wants to have a relationship with them. Read the complete article here!
DON'T BECOME ANOTHER DIVORCE STATISTIC!
Do you feel as though your marriage is going down the drain? Do you wish there was more you could do?
With one in three marriages breaking up every year and the resulting effect it has on you and your family, you should at least give yourself and your marriage every opportunity to succeed.
Listen to what Amy Waterman has to say about resolving conflicts and re igniting the passion in your marriage. Apply her techniques and give your marriage a second chance... Don't be a statistic, click the link to find out more.