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Bonding with stepchildren: It’s not impossible

Very few people can understand the challenges that accompany becoming a step parent. Step-families, also called blended families, are more on the rise than people may realize. The main focus to any successful step-family is the security and happiness of the children involved. The bond between step parent and step child is not automatic. It is a relationship like any other that needs attention, nurturing and most importantly, time to grow.

The first thing to be considered when it comes to your step child is the fact that this adjustment may take a while. Especially when you have a slightly older child to deal with, there will most likely be feelings of anger, resentment or confusion. Open the lines of communication with your step child. Explain that you are not there to replace their natural parent and that you are glad to be a part of the new family that has been created. If the child is considerably younger, there may not be a whole lot of understanding on their part as to what is taking place but communication is still the key.

via Bonding with stepchildren: It’s not impossible – Henderson Step Parenting | Examiner.com.

How to Be a Step-Parent: Advice From a Step-Child

 

   

 For anyone who is considering marrying someone who already has children, movies like “Stepmom” can be terrifying. Also, knowing that the children may have visions of a “Cinderella” situation looming in their heads may not make you feel very welcome. There are a few guidelines, however, that can help. As someone who has gone through three step-parents myself, I have been through just about every issue possible with regard to merging families. The keys to having a smooth integration into the family vary depending on the age of the child. Younger children are more willing to accept a step-parent because they haven’t gotten to their “independent” phase yet. For pre-teens and teenagers, however, it is easy to view the step-parent as just one more authority figure in the way of their freedom.

Here are some tips to help.

via How to Be a Step-Parent: Advice From a Step-Child – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com.