Blended families face unique challenges
When adults with children marry again after being divorced or widowed, there are joys and challenges for parents, kids and extended family members. With thoughtful, mature decision-making on the part of the adults involved, a blended multigenerational family can thrive and, most importantly, succeed.
1) Establish agreement on the big things in parenting (values, expectations, consequences)
2) Have the parent take the lead in discipline, with the step-parent as a strong ally and back-up
3) Empathize with the feelings of children and all family members
4) Have a big heart and an open mind!
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