Blended families & stepfamilies articles
About blended families
About blended families
Blended families come in all shapes and sizes. And there are great things about being in a blended family, as well as some challenges. Read more.
Building strong relationships in your blended family
Building strong relationships in your blended family
It takes time to build relationships in your blended family. It helps to understand different relationships in blended families and how to nurture them.
The first two years in your blended family
The first two years in your blended family
Settling into a blended family takes time. Preparing children and thinking ahead about things like family routines, chores and money management can help.
Rules and boundaries in your blended family
Rules and boundaries in your blended family
Family rules and boundaries can be tricky in a blended family. It can help if you give children some settling in time and work as a team with your partner.
Children’s feelings about blended families
Children’s feelings about blended families
Some children feel excited about living in a blended family; others feel negative. If you try to understand these feelings, it can help your child adjust.
Relationships with extended family in your blended family
Relationships with extended family in your blended family
Contact with extended family helps children in blended families feel secure. Read ideas for helping your child develop extended family relationships.
A new baby in your blended family
A new baby in your blended family
A new baby in a blended family can be exciting for your other children and for you. But children can also feel insecure. Get ideas to help you all adjust.
Being a step-parent
Being a step-parent
Becoming a step-parent can be challenging and rewarding. Taking it slowly and building a relationship with stepchildren help step-parenting go smoothly.
Step-parenting and the law
Step-parenting and the law
What legal issues do step-parents face? This guide explains step-parenting and the law, including parental responsibility, child support and custody.