When second marriages come into play it can be tough to blend families, but these 5 Tips For Blended Families Success are sure to help make it a smooth transition. Whether the are multiple kids blending together, or simply a new step parent in the mix you are sure to overcome when you work hard and put these tips into place.
5 TIPS FOR OVERCOMING PROBLEMS IN BLENDED FAMILIES
Don’t force relationships. Whether it is child and step parent, or step siblings forced relationships don’t work well. Let things happen gradually. Take time to get to know each other and accept quirks, needs, differences and individual personalities. Give each other plenty of space, and encourage children to respect each others space as well.
Don’t make kids share. This one may seem bad to some, but when you are blending families it is especially important for kids to feel secure about their home, belongings and relationships. Focus on making sure each child knows that their belongings are theirs and they are not required to share them with new siblings. Let the desire to share be their choice and not forced.
Don’t try to be a replacement parent. No matter how hard you want to be a good step parent, you cannot replace their other parent, and shouldn’t. Don’t try to be a second mom or dad. Instead, try to be a friend and person to look up to. There will be boundaries and a need to have lines drawn, but you should remain as a strong influence and person they can feel is leading, but not demanding. This is hard to do, but with communication and understanding among all parents and children it can work.
Be consistent. Nothing is worse than wavering back and forth. Set firm rules and expectations and stick with them. Be consistent in how you deal with conflicts and communication. Don’t allow the step child or your own children to take advantage of the situation.
Get counseling. Counseling is not just for those who are struggling. Counseling can be an excellent preventative method of dealing with blending families together. A few sessions individually and as a family can help address concerns and fears without fear of judgement from the new or existing family.
Joining two families together can be a difficult but wonderful challenge. These tips for blended family success are sure to help make your new blended family come together with love, peace and a wonderful future.
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