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How stepdads can build relationships in blended families

For a man, winning the heart of a woman requires a certain sense of style, chivalry and charm.  To win the hearts of her children, it takes an entirely different set of skills, including kindness, resourcefulness and patience.

Blended families are becoming more common as parents find love after divorce and opt to join their respective families. While it may seem simple, joining families is not so easy, especially for stepdads. They may be caught in a netherworld between being an authority figure and just their parent’s love interest. When this happens, men can feel out of place or run the risk of upsetting the previous family dynamic.

Treat your kids' mom with respect this Mother's Day

Mother's Day can be a wonderful time of year for parents, children and grandchildren. But after a divorce, parent-specific holidays like Mother's Day, Father's Day and even Grandparents' Day can be a source of confusion and frustration.Mom_and_kid.jpeg

We'll take some time in this blog post to discuss some ways you can make Mother's Day special, no matter what your family's situation may be due to divorce.

What teens should know about safe driving during grad season

With the calendar turning to May, most people know (especially teenagers) that graduation season is about to begin. High school seniors across the region will celebrate their accomplishments. Whether it will be with senior class trips or established parties, the notion of alcohol being consumed cannot be dismissed out of hand. With that, teens and their parents should continue to have detailed conversations about the dangers of drinking and driving, especially at this time of year.  fux2_1974_wheeler_graduation_06.jpg

This post will highlight some important points regarding drunk driving.

How a Simple Last Will & Testament Can Help Protect your Minor Children

Many young adults with minor children believe executing a Last Will & Testament is not a priority because they are young and healthy. However, we all know that tragedy can strike at any time, and being prepared is your best bet, especially if you have a minor child.parents_and_children.jpg

Why you should not be ashamed of bankruptcy

At first thought, you may think of bankruptcy as the "loser's" way out of debt; essentially giving up on your efforts to pay bills that will forever label you as a cheat or deadbeat. However, you may soon learn that millions of Americans seek bankruptcy protection every year, and they all have one thing in common: They want to leave their troubled financial pasts behind.bankruptcy.jpg

You may also be concerned about being labeled (by lenders and credit card grantors, specifically) as being bad with money. While some companies may take such a short-sighted view of this, people with credit card debt tend not to be reckless spenders. In fact, they likely got into debt because of circumstances beyond their control.

Options available to Pennsylvania firefighters who get cancer

Firefighting is an inherently dangerous occupation. The brave men and women who risk their lives for our safety face serious risks every day. In addition to the potential for severe burns or smoke inhalation, there are less obvious hazards they must also contend with.250px-thumbnail.jpg

Modern day construction uses different building materials than were used 100 years ago. Synthetic materials are often used to enhance insulation or to make construction cheaper. However, when such materials burn, they emit toxic chemicals-which have been linked to cancer.

Helping your children protect themselves from sexual assault

Informing your children about the dangers of sexual assault is a difficult conversation to have. Our children are innocent. It is difficult to bring up such a serious problem. Unfortunately, we also live in a world where it is essential to help children protect themselves. While accurate statistics are hard to come by, it is estimated that 20 percent of girls and 10 percent of boys are sexually assaulted before the age of 18.

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Below are a few tips for making the discussion easier on you and your children. As part of the discussion, we also examine some behaviors to model for your children that may help them have the ability and language to say no and protect themselves from predatory behavior.

Spring is in the air, it's also that time of year for outdoor injuries while at work!

After the long winter months, it is normal to acquire some cabin fever. Once the clocks are changed and we get more sunlight, the warm weather will follow. Ironically, there are dangers workers face outside that they do not face during the winter months. Springtime_XL_721_420_80_s_c1.jpg

This week is National Dog Bite Prevention week

During the spring, there's nothing like taking a dog for a walk (or run). Indeed, spring is slow to come this year, but in no time parks and other greenspaces will have pet owners taking their dogs to frolic and play. When in public, it is not expected that a dog will become scared or enraged and attack someone, but ever so often it does. 7-home-remedies-for-dog-bites-770x402.jpg

This is why the second week of April is important for dog lovers, dog owners and those who are still afraid of dogs for one reason or another. This week is National Dog Bite Prevention week. And as the title suggests, the focus of the week is to educate people on how to reduce the instances of dog attacks and lower the number of injuries that result from such attacks.

Basic tax tips for divorcing couples

Taxes don't go away because of divorce, unfortunately. And while neither divorce nor taxes are exactly fun to talk about, there are some important considerations that you should be aware of if you are in the middle of divorce proceedings. 

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