Stepfamilies interact differently than other families do. There are so many things at play – age and development of the children, co-parenting with ex-spouses, loyalty issues, finances – just to name a few. Biological parents can feel caught in the middle of the relationship between their children and their spouse. Stepparents often feel like outsiders. Children act out. The truth is, being a stepfamily is much harder than most people realize.
No two stepfamilies are the same, which can make finding solutions challenging. We work with families just like yours, every day. And, you know your family better than anyone. Together, we can help you build a future where you and your family feel connected, happy, and at peace.
- Discover the things your stepchildren like. Start off as you would with any friendship – find common ground and do things together that you both enjoy.
- Support one-on-one time with your spouse and his/her children. This helps reduce the displacement and loss children may be feeling.
- Love is an action. Behave in a loving manner towards your stepchildren.
- Speak positively about your stepchild’s other parent/family.