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Stepfamilies and Co-Parenting
New stepfamilies face many challenges. As with any achievement, developing good stepfamily relationships requires a lot of effort. Stepfamily members have each experienced losses and face complicated adjustments to the new family situation.
The members of the new blended family need to build strong bonds among themselves through:
While facing these issues may be
difficult, most stepfamilies do work out their problems. Stepfamilies often use
grandparents (or other family), clergy,
support groups, and other
community-based programs to help with the adjustments.
In addition, if parents observe that the following signs are lasting or persistent, then they should consider a psychological evaluation for the child/family:
Most stepfamilies, when given the necessary time to work on developing their own traditions and to form new relationships, can provide emotionally rich and lasting relationships for the adults, and help the children develop the self-esteem and strength to enjoy the challenges of life.
Information provided by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
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Bonus Families ~ International organization dedicated to promoting peaceful coexistence between divorced or separated parents and their combined families.
DividedHeart.com ~ Online Christian support community.
iStepfamily Online! ~ Online support community for blended family members to connect from all walks of life and from around the world.
National Stepfamily Resource Center ~ Clearinghouse of information, resources, and support for stepfamily members and the professionals who work with them.
Shared Parenting Information Group (UK) ~ Promotes responsible shared parenting after separation and divorce and provides information, research, and resources to all concerned.
Step-Carefully for Step-Parents ~ Offers support and information through online articles, free newsletter, resources on stepfamily issues, and marriage preparation for soon-tobe-stepfamiles.
Stepfamily Association of Victoria ~ Support, education, and resources to stepfamilies and blended families in Australia.
Stepfamily Foundation of Alberta ~ Canadian organization based in Calgary, Alberta that provides a variety of services to assist stepfamilies address and resolve the difficulties that are characteristic of the stepfamily experience.
Stepfamily Network ~ Supports and educates step-parents through online forum and articles.
Stepfamily Zone ~ Provides information and support to stepfamilies in South Australia.
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