Blended Better

Blended Families Workshop

Session #1: Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 & 28: 9 – 12:30PM EST
Session #2: Sunday, Feb 28, 2021: 3:00 – 6:30PM EST

Workshop Description

The idea of blending a family usually stops with the two that fell in love, but there is always much more blending to do after the “I do”. This workshop will define the confusing roles and boundaries of blending families and demonstrate why parents so often struggle with their blending efforts.  Couples will develop a shared meaning for their new family, clarify expectations, and learn to build on family strengths. Couples will also develop co-parenting skills across multiple households and learn best practices for parenting together. Couples will leave with a deeper intimate connection to each other.

  • Have you discovered that you and your partner have different ways of parenting?
  • Is your blended family still living like two separate families?
  • Are you experiencing more conflict as a result of blending your family?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then this is the workshop for you and your intimate partner.

Agenda Snapshot

Session #1

  • Welcome
  • The What & Why of Intimacy & Sexual intimacy
  • The Language of Your Love
  • How to support your partners language

Session #2

  • Clarifying Realistic Expectations
  • Creating a Safe Space for Communication
  • Best Practices for Parenting Together
  • Building on Family Strengths
  • Shared Meaning
  • Goal Setting and the Creating a Plan

 Rufus Stephens’s Bio

He currently resides in Durham NC. He has been married to his wife Cynthia for 23 years and they have four grown children and four grandchildren. He has spent 30 years as regional manager and vice president for a school food service company covering operations in Florida and Louisiana.

Mr. Stephens’ passion for public speaking has been longstanding.
He has lent his voice to eager ears all across the country.

He has won numerous awards for his much-loved presentations, and in 2015, Mr. Stephens formed a motivational speaking company called “Raisin’ the Rufe Communications”.

His empowering presentations are always intended to energize the listener toward personal appreciation and active accomplishment.

Listed among his appreciative audiences are the Florida School NutritionAssociation, the Delaware School Nutrition Association, the Collier County Florida Public Schools-Nutrition Services, the S.P. Richards Company of Atlanta GA, Savannah State University, and the Georgia House of Representatives. He is also a proud member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Rufus says: I have spent 23 years as father and stepfather in a blended family. I have been called on to navigate emotional waters that I never anticipated. I have served as protector, encourager, intercessor and peacekeeper for the benefit of my blended family. I have led with my heart and for the most part, I am proud of the current state of my family.

Participants in this workshop will enjoy an atmosphere of fun and laughter. They can expect to connect with kindred spirits that are seeking answers that will enhance their blended families.  The workshop will be an interactive learning environment that is results-oriented. Participants will leave the workshop equipped to address blended family issues in a different and more effective fashion.