Tips for a Successful Blended Family
I was recently interviewed by Sugarland Magazine in Houston on how to get off on the right foot in a new blended family.
Here are the top tips I shared:
1. As a stepparent, be sure to take the time to bond with your new children. Your stepchild may be resistant, but it’s important for you to lead the way and demonstrate that you are interested and care.
2. Children thrive with schedules and consistency. The transition will be much smoother if everyone knows what’s expected of them. Have a conversation early on that outlines the expectations and groundrules.
3. Communication is vital. Ask how you can make the children more comfortable and let them know what you need, too. Honor requests and communicate boundaries as appropriate. Most children just want to know that you’ll still be there for them. Reassure them.
4. Make a special space for the children in their new home. They need a place that’s all their own, so they feel comfortable. This doesn’t have to be their own room necessarily, but at least a space that is specifically designated as their own with all their belongings.
5. As a newly married couple, you’re leading the way, so your love for each other should shine. Enjoy date nights and keep your bond strong. Your children will naturally fall in place behind your lead.
To learn more about how family therapy can help blended families, click here.
To get started now give us a call to schedule an appointment at 832-559-2622 or schedule an appointment online.
Love may be sweeter the second time around, but once the bliss of a newfound relationship wears off a little, the reality of being part of a stepfamily sets in. If you are one of the millions of remarried Americans facing the challenge of blending two existing families into one cohesive whole, you are part of a stepcouple — and you know all too well how hard it can be to make your marriage work in sometimes tough terrain.
Sign up to be notified of group and workshop dates.