21: How to Develop Healthy Relationships with Your Children and Stepchildren with Gayla Grace {Relationships Series}
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How can you develop healthy relationships with your kids or stepkids? What are specific challenges for stepmoms? And how in the world can you practically develop relationships with your children?

Whether you’re a mom to your own children, stepchildren, or both, this is a can’t-miss episode as we learn healthy ways to connect with our kids and how to navigate technology as a family.

In this episode of the Healthy Relationships series, I chat with Gayla Grace, director and cofounder of Sisterhood of Stepmoms and author of the book "Stepparenting With Grace."

We unpack common mistakes stepmoms make, strategies you can implement today to help connect with your children, and the importance of failure.

For the full show notes for this episode, visit estherlittlefield.com/episode21.

How can parents develop healthy relationships with their kids?

Here are practical strategies you can implement today to nurture connection with your children:

  1. Remember that your kids may be wired differently than you.
  2. Parent each child according to their personality type and needs.
  3. Stay on top of technology.
What are some specific step-parenting challenges?
  1. Understand the role that grief plays.
    • Every step-family comes become of a loss.
    • As the adult, you may view this as a second chance, but your children view it through the lens of loss.
    • Look behind the tantrums and other behaviors to talk about their feelings and the root of the issues.
    • Offer grace.
  2. Discipline comes in after relationship.


Quotes from episode:

  • "Rules without relationship lead to rebellion."
  • "Don’t be paralyzed by perfection."
  • "Nothing can serve us better as a leader than to walk in humility."
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