Second Marriages and Stepchildren

They say that love is better the second time around. Today, that second chance at love often comes as a package deal. Step families or blended families are the new norm, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy process. Whether you’re introducing your kids to a new step mom, or you’re the new one in the family getting to know her kids, it’s a lot of work turning two separate families into one. Tiny details can turn into major issues, so prepare yourself ahead of time with information and a plan.

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Tips For Being a Step Parent

Being a step-parent can be a challenging but very rewarding experience, if you know how to approach it with a positive attitude. There are many obstacles that can trip you up in getting along with your step-children, and there are a few strategies that you can use to make things easier.

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How to Be a Good Step Parent

Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs that anyone can undertake, but being a step parent may actually be even more difficult. You are presented with all of the typical issues related with parenting, but those are coupled with the added stress of dealing with those issues with children that are not technically yours. Feelings of resentment from the children and the delicate balance of being a parent without overstepping the unspoken boundaries of step parenting can make the task a difficult one to say the least.

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Successful Step-Parenting – Building Trust

“Trust Me”, this is something that you say to your step-child constantly. You know that you can be trusted, but how do they? If they have come from a family where their parents were recently divorced, then they are going to have issues trusting another adult that is now in the spot that once was occupied by their mother or father. Even if their mother or father is still present in their life, they are going to have feelings of resentment towards the person that is now with their parent. Building trust is something that is going to take time and effort. How much time and effort it takes is going to usually depend on the age of the child.

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Step-Parenting and Discipline

As a step-parent, discipline is one of the most challenging parts of dealing with your spouse’s children. Being able to discipline effectively starts with building a good relationship with your step-children. This is another challenge, but if you build a solid foundation, it will make your other obstacles much easier to deal with. A divorce and remarriage can be big changes for children, and you need to communicate how much you care for and support them.

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