Blended Families

more love, less conflict

Do Your Relationships Need Less Conflict… Or More Love?

Many believe that their relationships need less fighting and withdrawing, but what they really need is more affection.

successful stepfamilies

Keys for Successful Stepfamilies

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Although increasingly common, stepfamilies (or “blended” families) are often misunderstood. Old-fashioned types may see them as abnormal. Well-meaning “progressives” erroneously assume that blended families are the same as first-marriage families “once the dust settles.” Research and experience demonstrate, however, that “the i ...[Read More]

Fight Less, Connect More- 5 Steps to Greater Intimacy

Fight Less, Connect More- 5 Steps to Greater Intimacy

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist The most rewarding aspect of my work is helping to heal relationships. We all have the need to feel connected, to feel loved and accepted, and to give our support and affection to others. Sadly sweetness can turn to bitterness in our friendships, families, work partnerships, and romantic relationships. We sometimes wonder how it all went w ...[Read More]