Blended Family professional counselling
Blended families, where at least one parent has children not genetically related to the other spouse or partner, are increasing. Step parenting where two families combine is challenging.
Issues can include:
Sibling rivalry: Difficult enough in a nuclear family of two or more children, this can be exacerbated in a blended family when either parent, or both, have had children from previous relationships.
The ex-partner part in the relationship, not giving enough attention to each child, not being on the same page, not letting your partner parent your children, not being clear and transparent with all the children.
Step-parent discipline: Like nuclear family discipline, this can be a big challenge in getting the blended family to live harmoniously.
Two Separate Families: The new step-parents want the blended family to be a solid unit. This takes ongoing work and patience.