Blended families & stepfamilies articles
Blended families: shared parenting
Blended families: shared parenting
In this video, parents from blended families talk about shared parenting. They say it helps to be flexible. They share tips on staying connected to children.
Blended families: communicating with ex-partners
Blended families: communicating with ex-partners
This video features parents in blended families talking about communicating well with ex-partners, so that you can work out what’s best for your children.
Blended families: negotiating family rules
Blended families: negotiating family rules
Family rules are important for children in blended families, as parents in this video explain. Family meetings and counselling can help you negotiate rules.
Blended families: new family relationships
Blended families: new family relationships
In this video, parents from blended families talk about the benefits of extended family relationships and the experience of a new baby in a blended family.
Blended families: being a step-parent
Blended families: being a step-parent
In this video, parents from blended families share tips for building relationships with stepchildren. The first step? Give it time and build trust slowly.
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.