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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 Issues

The Issues and Dynamics of Living in Step

We would like to give full acknowledgment to Jeanette Lofas, PhD, LCSW, Founder and President of The Stepfamily Foundation, Inc. ( from whose work and research much of this information has been derived.

The Issues and Dynamics of Living in Step are very complex, and most importantly, understanding them and planning for them are essential for anyone wanting to succeed in their stepfamily.

In this section we will do a quick overview of some of the unique challenges and dynamics that are experienced at least to some degree, in the majority of stepfamilies or blended families. Please consider what we’ve provided you with here as simply an introduction to and overview of the issues. We encourage you to read more in depth on these subjects that are of interest and importance to you. Please check out our Resources Section for additional reading on the subject.

Our education workshops and groups, as well as our counseling options, will provide you with a more thorough and intimate look at the issues and dynamics as they to pertain to you and the specifics of your family situation.

We will look at: Definitions of Stepfamilies to help you have a better understanding, Facts and Statistics that will shock you, The Prevailing Myths that abound in and about stepfamilies, the Differences that Make a Difference between biological and step families, The Ten Stepfamily Dragons and Ways to Conquer them including The Four “Rs”, the absolute importance of Co-Parenting for your Kids and finally The Societal Response to the Issue and Prevalence of Stepfamilies and Blended Families. the Issue and Prevalence of Step and Blended Families. (The Stepfamily Foundation, Inc.)

As you read through these sections, keep in mind that the dynamics that underlie the stepfamily system and the struggles that ensue are classic and common to most stepfamilies. You are not alone. Through our personal experiences, our experiences working with families and what we’ve learned from other pioneers working in this field, we know that the dynamics in stepfamilies are the problem, not the individuals involved. The issues can be addressed, the problems resolved and the individuals rejuvenated in order to get on with the task of creating happy, healthy and functioning stepfamilies or blended families.

Educate and inform yourself as best you can. Whether you are contemplating life in a stepfamily or are already in one, begin today by learning about and preparing yourself for the unique challenges ahead, and things will most certainly improve. Good Luck to all of you on this journey.



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