Programs at The Bridge Across:

Program Descriptions


These programs are for short speaking events ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours with question and answer depending upon your organization and event needs.  See below for more information on these programs.

  • Intentional, Real-Life Marriage – (What we learned in our 2nd marriage that we didn’t know in our 1st!)  This program can be for engaged, newly married, married couples or stepfamily couples.
  • Harmonious Holiday Planning for Families – Increase your joy and decrease your stress during the holidays!  This program is for all families or can be tailored specifically for single parent and/or stepfamilies.
  • Living the Single Parent Life… Without Limits
  • Essential Keys for Working Together as Parent and Stepparent (Building Your Own Dynamic Duo!)
  • Exes and Answers


These programs are workshops that range from Half Day to One Day depending upon organization/event timeframe.  Please contact The Bridge Across for more indepth information on these workshops and programs.

  • Powerful Single Parent Wisdom
  • The Empowered Stepfamily Couple
  • Home Run Dads by John Van Epp
  • Love Thinks by John Van Epp or (How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk or Jerkette)


Intentional, Real-Life Marriage – (What we learned in our 2nd marriage that we didn’t know in our 1st!)

If you are looking for the perfect marriage, you won’t find it here. What you will find is two people who’ve learned the hard way what to value and how to partner regardless of life’s interruptions.

After nearly two decades of a thriving marriage through difficult challenges, Jayna and Mike understand that it is not easy to discuss divorce, heartbreak, life’s ups and downs, parenting, learning new skills, and remarriage — but they do it honestly and fearlessly while sharing their own personal “light bulb moments”. They dive right in to the most important aspects of a fulfilling, satisfying, pretty darn funny, vibrant, and yes, passionate partnership and marriage.

Jayna and Mike will gently guide you with their own combination of laughter, wisdom, and straight talk in the important concepts of the real marriage map, the danger of disconnects, and their own personal daily practices that get them through the toughest of times. Learn how to do replays and start overs (happy marriage is not for perfect people) and how to manage anger and frustration with one another.

You will hear some funny and true stories about a real life, imperfect, still passionate, happily married couple. Mike and Jayna will leave you laughing, enlightened, hopeful, and more forgiving of yourself and your partner.

Harmonious Holiday Planning for Families – Increase your joy and decrease your stress during the holidays!

Are these your thoughts around the holiday season?

My family shows up and sits around while I cook all day.

I’m a divorced parent. I miss my kids on holidays and end up cleaning my closets instead of enjoying myself. I feel bad and don’t know what to do.

We always seem to run out of time to do what we really wanted to do in the first place.

My partner and I always end up fighting during holidays. Why is that?

Every holiday seems like a mad rush to get as much done as possible and no time to enjoy it.

I want my kids to value the holidays but I don’t have a lot of money right now. How do I stop feeling guilty? Teach them to value the meaning instead of the stuff? And explain that I don’t have a lot of money to my kids?

How do I get my stepfamily organized to enjoy the holiday with all the transitions, so we feel good at the end of our time together?

Why does my ex always do crazy things around the holidays?

All families have challenges at the holiday time. Learn how to plan and prepare for those holiday vacations whether you have kids or not with great ideas for Christmas, Hanukah, Easter, Passover or any other holidays you and your family spend together. You will learn easy and effective ways to create holidays that are relaxing, memorable and enjoyable as well as making sure that no one is stuck alone in the kitchen cooking or cleaning up. Additionally, single parents and stepfamilies will learn how to manage transitions, ex issues, and other holiday concerns. Increase your joy and decrease your stress this holiday season!

Living the Single Parent Life… Without Limits

Yes, single parents can be very happy, fulfilled, confident and centered in their life.
But most find that there is something keeping them from feeling this way.

Do you feel centered where you are in your life right now? Do you worry about your parenting and your children? Do you have blame, shame or regret that you can’t seem to shake? Are you basically okay and doing fine BUT you feel like there is something more you are supposed to know/be/do, but not sure what?

We’ll discuss 4 important strategies you need to focus on as a parent and future partner, and the fundamental purpose of single parent living (yes, there is a purpose!), and the exact steps you need to take to get to where you want to be in your life, now and in the future.
Create a happier and more fulfilling life for yourself — and ultimately, know how to help your children become the adults you want them to be.

Essential Keys for Working Together as Parent and Stepparent (Building Your Own Dynamic Duo!)

Learn how to deal with the most common and challenging issues in stepfamily life — how the parent supports the stepparent, and the stepparent supports the parent- so you can have an effective stepfamily couple.

So: you can get back to the fun, love and passion that brought you together in the first place!

Step by step instructions for couples who want learn how to work together as parent and stepparent (whether you are dating, married or partnering). Understand the underlying dynamics of stepfamily life, and how stepfamily couples can help each other, and work together with each other and each family member. Learn the secret of good partnership in stepfamily life, the keys for parents and stepparents to use in supporting each other, how to handle discipline successfully, and making your home a haven through all the changes.

Information you can use RIGHT AWAY to have a better partnership with your partner. And a better relationship with your children and/or stepchildren.

Exes and Answers

End the drama, disruption, and anxiety caused by “ex” conflict and make your home a safe haven once more…

Let’s be honest. It is tough to co-parent with children, even if you are both good people and love your kids. Emotions and fears can run high and often lead down a road of constant emails, texts, phone calls, lawsuits, and disrespect that feels like we are paralyzed.

Do you share children with an ex-partner, and feel stuck with the craziness, drama and frustration of you and your ex?

Do you constantly worry about what the ex will do next or how to respond?

And when you talk about all the feelings with family and friends, no one really understands exactly what you and/or your partner are going through or what you and your ex are going through?

You love your family, and don’t want to lose them. But what can you do?

The Bridge Across offers invaluable guidance and understanding on dealing with exes and helps you learn how to build resilience in your children. We have a step by step program that can walk you through issues and conflicts with solutions and a plan to improve your situation and find peace of mind for yourself, your partner, and your children/stepchildren.

How The Bridge Across helps Organizations: Churches, Community Groups, Businesses and Others

Jayna or Mike are available to speak/write (individually or together) on the most important topics of life-partnership and family.

We are happy to tailor our presentation or article for your specific group. For more information or to make arrangements for an engagement, please email events@thebridgeacross.com

For Businesses

We create programs for companies ranging from a lunch session, EAPA or full day program on topics that support your employees and their families. We specialize in teaching practical tools and daily skills that your employees can use today to improve their family life (and be healthier and happier employees).

For Religious Groups

We enjoy working with religious groups in a variety of settings. Whether a Sunday School lesson, a general session or a series, we would love to speak with your single parents, stepfamilies, or married couples on a number of marriage and family issues that can benefit your members. We can direct our program to your audience — having spoken to soon-to-be-marrieds, newly married, and couples married for many years – as well as single parents and families.

Social Organizations

Whether you are looking for a speaker for a luncheon, evening meeting, special event or keynote, we understand the importance of making it memorable, entertaining, relevant, and within the time allowed for your event.

We help you achieve more of what you dreamed about and provide a better life for you and your children.
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