Blended Family and Step-Parenting Tips

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How to Bond with Your Stepchildren and Deal with Stepfamily Issues

Since many remarriages include children from previous relationships, stepfamilies or blended families are more common than ever.

When families "blend" to create stepfamilies, though, things rarely progress smoothly.

Some children may resist changes, while you as a parent can become frustrated when your new family doesn't function like your previous one.

While changes to family structure require adjustment time for everyone involved, these guidelines can help your blended family work through the growing pains.

No matter how strained or difficult things seem at first, with open communication, mutual respect, and plenty of love and patience, you can develop a close bond with your new stepchildren and form an affectionate and successful new family.


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