Blended Family

Blended families, also known as step families, are common. Some concerns blended families may face are:

•    Adjustment time for everyone involved
•    Balancing shared custody
•    Boundary issues
•    Changing family dynamics
•    Changing family rules
•    Changing family schedule
•    Children may resist changes
•    Communication
•    Parenting and Co-parenting
•    Parents can become frustrated when the new family     doesn't function like their previous family
•    Respect
•    Trust

A great stepping stone for blended families is communication.   When communication is clear, open, and frequent, there are fewer opportunities for misunderstanding and more possibilities for connection.

•    Address conflict positively
•    Do things together (games, sports, activities)
•    Establish an open and nonjudgmental atmosphere
•    Listen thoroughly to one another
•    Show affection to one another