How to maintain a long-lasting connection with your stepchildren after a divorce

Living in a blended family is both a challenge and a blessing. When marrying a person who already has children, you have to make an effort to build a relationship with the kids and understand what role you are going to play in their upbringing. Moreover, you need to ensure that everyone feels loved, heard, and appreciated and accept that it takes time to get used to the new family situation. After putting so much effort into connecting with your spouse’s children, it is no wonder that you grow close to them and consider them to be your own. Therefore, the trauma of divorcing your spouse is likely aggravated by the fact that the relationships with your stepchildren are now at risk.

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How do I Create an Irregular Custody Parenting Schedule?

WeParent allows co-parents to create and manage custody schedules. We provide a wide variety of templates (e.g., Alternating Weeks, Every Other Weekend, 2-2-3, etc.). But some families have highly unusual or irregular schedules that don’t follow a simple pre-determined pattern. No worries, you can still create schedules on WeParent to match your parenting time agreement. Here’s how.

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What to Do When You Unexpectedly Become a Guardian

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Guest post by Patrick Hicks, the Head of Legal at Trust & Will

Life is unpredictable, and sometimes something we never thought would happen to us happens all of a sudden. If you are a godparent, uncle or aunt, or close friend, you may be listed as someone who will become the legal guardian of a dependent if their previous parent or guardian passes away, or else otherwise becomes unable to take care of them.

In addition to the emotional grief, turmoil and strain caused by a loved one’s sudden passing, there are many logistical issues to settle as well. And, especially if you’ve unexpectedly taken over legal guardianship of a minor or disabled person, you may be scrambling to figure out what your next steps should be. Let’s carefully move through a few steps you should take immediately if you find yourself unexpectedly becoming a legal guardian. 

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How do I upload a document to WeParent?

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Here are step-by-step instructions on how to upload a document to WeParent. We support the following file types: PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint. We also support JPEGs and PNGs, but they show up in the Photos rather than Documents section of your WeParent library.

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How do I accept an invitation to WeParent?

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If you received an email invitation to join WeParent as a co-parent, family member, lawyer/mediator, or child (you must be over 13 to use WeParent), or are expecting to be invited soon, please see instructions below on how to accept your invitation. You’re always covered by the family subscription, so the use of the WeParent app is completely free for you.

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How do I cancel my free WeParent trial with iTunes or Google Play?

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WeParent provides a 14-day free trial so that you can fully experience the app and see if it’s right for your family. You can cancel your trial anytime during the 14-day trial period. By the app store rules, you must cancel 24 hours before being billed, otherwise your iTunes or Google Play account will be charged. You have to do it directly through iTunes or Google Play, as they do not allow app developers to start or stop free trials or subscriptions. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do it. Read more

8 Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside This Summer

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Guest Post by Jenny Hart

Summer is in full swing, and this year, it may look a little different. However, there are still plenty of ways to get your kids outside and away from their screens to get some fresh air and exercise. As you plan your summer vacations and family activities, consider these 8 tips for getting your kids outside:

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4 Ways Single Dads Can Connect with Their Daughter

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Guest post by Jenny Hart

Any parent – moms, dads, stepfathers, stepmothers, single moms and single dads alike – will tell you that having a child is one of the greatest joys in life. Every parent also has a unique dynamic and relationship with their kids. The relationship between a single dad and his daughter, for instance, can be complex, scary and also deeply special.

Research has shown that kids with fathers who are involved and present in their lives are more likely to excel in school and have fewer behavioral issues. However, there are still challenges that any father/daughter relationship will inevitably encounter.

As you walk through puberty, social activities and her developing emotional maturity together, consider these 4 tips to connect with your daughter and build a strong relationship that will last a lifetime.

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WeParent is proud to support The Family Center of Tennessee

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WeParent is proud to partner with The Family Center of Tennessee. They are on a mission to break multigenerational cycles of child abuse, neglect, & trauma.

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How to Watch Out for Child Identity Theft

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Guest post by Amanda Moore

Your little one may not know what Social Security numbers and data protection are, but that, unfortunately, doesn’t reduce their risks of being impersonated by an identity thief. Yes, it’s sad but true: children and even tiny babies are just as vulnerable to identity theft as adults— but until it’s something they can understand, they’ll have no personal control over it. Instead, it’s up to you, their family or guardian, to ensure that the proper precautions are taken against child identity theft.

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