Saturday, March 31, 2012
How can you unite a blended family?
One misconception is that after remarriage, parents should loosen up a bit on their children when it comes to discipline. However, all parents should know that children need discipline and structure in their lives and only parents can help them have that. Pointing out what is right and wrong will have a huge effect on them as they grow older, and they will understand later on that you did all that because of love.
Of course, it is not always easy to implement the rules especially when you are a step parent. But, it is important to remember that even though you want to be the "cool" step parent and not the wicked witch, you are still a parent. Be responsible and guide your kids - biological or not - by letting them experience natural consequences for things they do. When you do remind them about the rules, be sure to let them know that you love them.
To make blending a family a success, all parents of blended families should always remember to focus on their marriage first. Although you want to spend time with the kids, partners should also give time for themselves. This will help both parents in keeping the family together and functioning properly. For more information, contact The Blended and Step Family Resource Center.