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
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!
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