Along the path to happily ever after in a stepfamily, there are a number of obstacles couples must first overcome. These include navigating different parenting styles, helping the stepparent feel satisfied in their new role, dealing with ex-partners and reducing a parent’s feeling of being torn between trying to keep both their children and partner happy. During conflict, these pressures can cause a stepfamily to divide along biological lines. Rather than choosing to escape the conflict by breaking up, the challenge is for couples to explore their way through it.
All couples in a stepfamily have a tremendous opportunity to experience lifelong satisfying and fulfilling relationships when they choose to remain committed to each other. Couples can create a loving and stable environment for their children while modelling the skills that make a relationship successful. Children are able to witness how their parent and stepparent work together and learn valuable life skills in the process.
If you find yourself in a stepfamily environment, or are planning to blend, the following keys will assist you towards making certain that this time is forever.