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Ask Yourself

* Is living in a Blended Family or a Stepfamily “more than you bargained for?”

* Does step parenting feel like the most challenging and thankless job of all?

* Is the tension and conflict taking its toll on your relationships

* Are you becoming worried about your children and their well-being?

* Are you constantly arguing with your partner about the kids, discipline and parenting in general?

• Is your ex or your partner's ex causing real problems in your blended family and in your relationship

• Are you at the end of your rope and need some answers NOW

* Are you considering entering into a Blended Family or Stepfamily and want to be prepared?


Stepfamily: A stepfamily is any committed relationship where at least one of the partners has a child, or children from a previous relationship.

Blended Family: A blended family is a union where in addition to one or both partners bringing children to the situation (as in a stepfamily), the new couple have had at least one child together.

Relationships on the Road to "Step": Single, separated or divorced individuals with children, who are contemplating a new relationship; also, individuals without children who are considering a relationship with someone who has children from a previous relationship. Two individuals both with children, who are contemplating a partnership together. Even at the dating stage, the issues of "Step" are real and playing out and need to be thoughtfully considered and planned for.

Blended Family and Stepfamily Facts and Statistics

Step and Blended Families: " The Silent Majority "

The family of the new millennium is a stepfamily. There will soon be more stepfamilies and blended families than intact, original, or nuclear families.
(Facts and statistics provided by The Stepfamily Foundation Inc. )

The Good News

Most of the problems in any stepfamily or blended family situation are a result of the step dynamics, not the people involved. (Stepfamily Foundation, Inc.)

Full Acknowledgement given to Jeanette Lofas, PhD, LCSW,
Founder and President of the Stepfamily Foundation Inc.


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