Blended Families Week: 8 StepFamily Resources that We Love

BY: - 17 Sep '13 | Blended Families

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Stepfamily Resources

This week is Blended Families week on the site.  Although we talk about blend families (or step-families) all year long, this is the week that we set aside to really focus on discussing blended families and providing tools and resources that will strengthen those families.  According to the Pew Research Center, over 40% of adults are now in some type of step-relationship ( step-parent, step-child, or step or half sibling.)  And that was a 2011 report….so you know that number has grown since then!

With so many people living in step families, you would think that more people would be talking about them.  But we are finding that people living in the step-families are not talking about their challenges, and churches and organizations are not providing enough programs to support their families.  And unfortunately, the divorce statistics for remarried couples (especially those with children) reflect this reality.

But we know that step-families are a blessing.  And we also know that any family that is built on a foundation of love and respect can work!  It may take time for your step-family to blend…but it will be well worth it in the end.

Here are 8 resources to help you in your quest to strengthen your step-family:

The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family

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The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family -  Ron Deal, Director of FamilyLife Blended, explodes the myth of the "blended" family as he provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues that stepfamilies face. He helps remarried and soon-to-be married couples:
*Recognize the unique personality and place of each family member 
*Solve the everyday puzzles of step parenting and stepchildren relationships 
*Learn communication skills to deal with ex-spouses 
*Honor families of origin while developing new traditions 
*Invest the time to grow their stepfamily slowly rather than look for instant results
This one is my favorite!

About the author

Ronnie Tyler wrote 528 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.


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  2. frustrated wife

    My husband and I have a blended family and he has 3 girls ages 11,10,9 all same mother thank God for that part but any whoo we stay into it about them. When i have a problem with them or what they doing or not doing he gets real defensive and take up for them but when he comes to me about my son ,i listen dont blow up or defend him then when the next day come after he done went crazy he wants to apologize and right his wrong but i feel like why didn’t you just do that in beginning? His girls keep us arguing so i need some advice before i walk away which i dont want to do because we just had a son in July and he love his kids to death but i cant keep arguing with him about these kids

  3. Colleen

    I am newly married, and I come from a divorced parent step-parent background, I have 2 children from previous prelationships, and I have anew child with my husband, I dont understand why I feel like I am having such a hard time doing this blended family thing. It almost feels impossible at times, like I am not supposed to ever be with anyone else in a relationship again. I also feel like my issues with my step-parents and my issues with my ex’s/children’s fathers interfere with my current relationship with my husband. Sometimes I ask God why does it have to be this way? I just want to be happy and have a relationship and a family, (I always did) but I feel like something is always trying to break us up.We argue a lot more than I would like. How can I do this? if at all?

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