Wednesday, May 06, 2009

It’s hard achieving a nice blend

FocusOnTheFamily_LogoSmall The term “blended family” may sound pleasant, but in reality, blending is not as easy as you might think!

With today’s high divorce rate, stepfamilies are more common than ever. And that means more parents are raising stepchildren.

Making a marriage work can be hard for any couple, but when you throw in the added pressure of step-parenting, it can often turn into a nightmare for everybody.

In these situations, couples need to work through their roles and plan beforehand how decisions will be made regarding the children.

The stepparent and biological parent should not function in a vacuum; isolated from each other.

A unified front is critical to raising healthy, happy children.

For discipline to work, children need to understand that both their parent and their stepparent set the rules — and both have the authority to carry them out.

Problems come when couples allow the kids to pit them against each other.

From TODAY, Voices – Wednesday, 06-May-2009

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