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Guide to Step-Parenting and Blended Families {guest post}

Within a family, each individual have their own unique behavioral character, which need to be adjusted within the family. In the case of blended families or step families, where there are children from previous marriages blending together, the need to adjust and live in harmony becomes more difficult. Such families are becoming commonplace in society nowadays, and there is a constant struggle within these families, to recreate some semblance of normalcy within.
When two different set of families come together, there are issues as children try to adapt and parents get frustrated, since the new setup is far beyond their expectations. Creating a blended and happy family takes time, with a lot of love, patience, communication and realistic expectations with the right guidance. Here are some guide lines which may be useful towards creating a happy, blended family of your own.
1. Laying proper foundation for blending a family
Blending a family need proper time and planning as both set may have different expectations in the new setup. Children from both sides may not even like each other, or they may be worried about having to share their parents, which can further alienate the bonds with their natural parents. Therefore, it is important for the two adults to give it some time, letting the children to familiarize with each other before remarriage even takes place. This way, everyone gets the chance to know each other better, along with accepting the idea of the impending marriage.
2. Wait before rushing into remarriage
If the two adults are able to wait for at least two years before remarriage, there is a better chance for the family blending to take place. When marriage is rushed, there is not enough time for both set of families to recover from the previous divorces. This will only lead to a confused set being drastically piled on to another equally confused set.
3. Get to know each other well
Getting to know the children of your partner better will eventually pave way for you to love them as your own. Therefore, it is important to take the children along for outings as well as, making them get used to your partner in the daily activities of life. Discuss over with your partner how both of you intend to parent together, so that there is no misunderstandings later when either one starts initiating changes.
The children will also be more receptive to this idea if they are made to understand the changes which will take place.
3. Bond with your new family
Right from the start, you need to create a positive attitude towards dealing with the step children, as they too need your love and attention as much as your own children. Listen to them and connect with them emotionally, appreciate and encourage them and do not let them feel ignored. Children are very sensitive and may not trust you immediately, as they have already experienced some form of betrayal in the divorce. Build up their trust by letting them know that you are there for them whenever they need you.
4. Communicate often
When there is a level of communication which is open, direct and clear, there is better understanding between the different members of the family. Good communication is the basic foundation for building up a strong relationship within the blended family. You can encourage your step family to be honest about their feelings and likewise, to respect the sentiments of the others.
It always takes time for any blended family to fall smoothly into a new walk of life but if you are persistent and patient, the children will see this and will reciprocate with trust and respect.
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