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Is It a Blended Family or a Blender?

Is your blended family actually blended or a blender? When you combine a new family, you are not sure ifit is blended or blender. It is frightening at some points.

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Your Blended Family: Is It Blended or a Blender?

Joy Stevens

How  do  your combine two families to make a blended family rather than operating a continuous blender?

I’m  sure you have heard that over 50% of the children of the US are being raised in blended families now. Some people have that figure as high as 65%. That’s right, I wrote 65% blended families.

And  we have all heard tales of the wicked stepmom or  the  overbearing stepdad.

In fact, I don’t think I know anyone whose life has not been  touched  in some way by a blended family.  

Have  you  also heard that children are the cause of divorce  in over 50% of second/third marriages?

Maybe you have, and now it’s you. You’re soon to be a step-parent!

Frightening, isn’t it?

How  do  your start a blended family? 

Do you all join  hands and jump into the water, hoping everyone can swim?

That’s a good way to drown as a stepfamily.

The  most  important part of becoming a stepparent is  the  prior planning you and your partner do before the wedding.

1. The adults need to agree in advance about discipline.  Just like a journalist, answering who, what, when, where, and how is a good  place  to start with your discipline plan.

2. Then agree on all acceptable behavior for children, including the rules  for  your  home and the consequences  of  breaking  those rules.

3. Realize that each adult  must support  the other. No giving in or allowing children  to manipulate the rules. Manipulation and  inconsistency  guarantee that  you  will have a "blender" family instead  of  a  "blended" family.

4. Explain the rules. After the adults are in agreement, it is time for the children to have  the new regime and the new rules explained to  them.

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