Blended families

His kids, her kids and/or their kids? Life can get complicated for parents and children when families blend. Challenges include step-parenting, disciplining children, handling the ex-husband or ex-wife, different styles of parenting and expectations. Hurdles can be overcome but it takes work, grace and lots of patience!


Issues facing the step-family

The blended family – somehow it sounds so strange to those readers who have managed to maintain the traditional nuclear...

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We all like to know what is expected of us, especially regarding our family roles. Step-parents often discover that the ambiguous nature of their...
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Stepfamilies are on the increase and, with much love and hard work, a blended family home can be a happy and positive place to be. "We were in love...
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A malignant brain tumour took my brother’s life. Jim was vibrant and athletic until his illness; his decline was heartbreaking. When he lost his hard...
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Like many families today, when I said “I do” at my wedding, three came as the package! Gary’s first wife had died of cancer. Sandy and Matt were just...
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When a stepfamily is made up of children whose parents have previously divorced, there is often another parent - or parents - on the scene. This can...
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Often, I relive the adventure of whacking through brush “on safari” in the woods with my step-grandsons, Andrew and Aaron. Investing time in our...
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We’ve recently become a blended family. As a new step-parent, what can I do to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone concerned?...