Marriage

Blended Families

Remarrying with children often creates a complex dynamic.  Expectations may not be clear and people aren’t sure how to behave.  Ex-spouses and their new spouse impact what happens in your household.  Is it any surprise that all of this creates stress and conflict in relationships?

“Most couples enter into remarriage with a tremendous amount of expectation and hope,” says Ron Deal, author of The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family.  “They are filled with hope, expecting positive things and are well-intentioned, yet in most instances, they are naïve about the trip they are about to take.”

Believe it or not, transitioning into a stepfamily requires some prep work. If you are embarking on this journey, Deal has a few recommendations to help you out.

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