Wichita, KS, March 24, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Wichita KS will play host, Saturday May 1st, to a special Blended Family Marriage Conference designed to educate, motivate and encourage stepfamilies. Believers Tabernacle serves as the host church. It is estimated that in the Wichita area alone over 150,000 people are directly living in, or are part of a step-family environment, often referred to as a ‘blended family’. The challenges and unique dynamics in these relationships impact marriages and children in ways often unseen prior to the marriage. A recent Wichita community marriage study placed the divorce rate at over 60%, and this conference is part of a community based effort to strengthen marriage and family.
Featured speakers at the Blended Family Conference are Jim and Julie Ziglar Norman and J.J. Jasper. Julie Ziglar Norman is the youngest daughter of legendary motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. J.J. Jasper is an American Family Radio morning DJ and Comedian. Jasper is himself in a blended family. With a special Wichita connection, Russ and Jackie Jones, Publishers of the Christian Press, also will speak and also serve as Chairpersons for the local organizing committee for the step-family focused conference, and the weekend surrounding the event.
Nationally recognized authorities in stepfamily dynamics, Dan and Rebecca Snell, Co-Founders of The Bonded Family are the event hosts and speak throughout the day. The couple, themselves 14 years with their own blended family in a ‘yours, mine and ours’ family with six children also host a radio program called Blended Family Today, are excited to be coming to Wichita. “We truly love Wichita. The Pastor who married Rebecca and I, Jimmy Dodd, is from Wichita, and one of our mentors, Dr. Ken Canfield, also hails from the area. We sure do have a lot to give back to this great city!” noted Dan Snell.
Four foundational areas will be addressed during the Saturday conference:
Marital Harmony vs. Discord: The blended family environment can be a powerful source of marital discord between the marriage partners. A major factor in a 70%+ stepfamily dissolution statistic is related to problems that arise with raising children in a blended environment.
Leadership and Authority in the Home: Solid Leadership in blended family situations can allow for the ‘bond’ of the family to become better formed. Understanding the complex dynamics, sensitivities, roles, emotions and boundaries upfront will lead to greater success in a blended family.
Parental Coaching for Success: The earlier one understands and can ‘see’ the struggles for what they really are, the sooner the success for the blended family. Numerous stories and examples are discussed. Practical tips and insight providing ‘Aha!’ moments.
Children of Divorce: Divorce and step-family scenarios often create wounds, competition, loyalty issues, and damaging conflict surrounding the family. The good news is by a newfound understanding of what a child ‘sees, hears and feels’ the parent/child relationship can experience a stronger and lasting bond.
Finding Peace with the Other Home (the Ex) – Insight and Tips regarding working with a difficult relationships and situations that impact your new family, that may be influenced by another home.
For more information go to: http://ez.com/Wichita Registration is $89 per couple and includes a workbook, lunch and special conference giveaways. Special pricing for Military, Fire, Police, Small Groups and Grandparents. For more information firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-200-BOND (2663)