As we celebrate 11 years of marriage, my spouse and I become eager to learn some relationship advice, such as how to save your marriage if you’re in a blended family. Right now, I am happy to say that my marriage is stronger than ever and we have a good relationship with our family members. However, that’s not something I could have said seven years ago. Here are some pieces of relationship advice I can share with you based on our experiences as a couple, such as on how to make a marriage work with stepchildren and how to save a relationship.
How to Save Your Marriage: Relationship Advice for Every Couple in a Blended Family
In this article:
- About This Article Series
- The Story of Our Blended Family
- A Healthy Relationship is What You Have
- You Have Your Spouse’s Support
- It Helps Children Develop Skills
- Your Blended Family Can Become Role Models to Others
- You Don’t Have to Stay in One Place
About This Article Series
This article is part of a 3-part series to help and support couples in stepfamilies from the pain and hurt many families face.
- Part 1: 3 Ways Our Blended Family Went from Broken to Blessed
- Part 2: Discipline in a Blended Family: 5 Things That Kept Us from Divorce
- Part 3: [You Are Here] What Every Couple in a Blended Family Should Hear Before It’s Too Late
The Story of Our Blended Family
Like many couples in a blended family, we were headed for divorce. And although divorce and remarriage have always been on every household’s table, did you know that two-thirds of all couples in stepfamilies end in divorce? The stress of trying to keep our marriage together, while simultaneously trying to get this parenting/stepparenting thing right was too overwhelming. But the good news is, we turned it around. Read on to understand what every couple in a blended family should hear before it’s too late.
A Healthy Relationship Is What You Have
There is much good news you need to hear when you’re in a blended family. For one, being a parent can let you provide your children with a great model for having a healthy relationship and marriage. Regardless of where you came from, you can always show the family how acceptance and love work hand in hand. This is one of the best ways indeed on how to save your marriage when you’re in a blended family.
You Have Your Spouse’s Support
Being in a blended family also means you no longer have to do it alone. You now have the support of your spouse. Together, you can reach out to your children as caring parents and show your support to them, as well.
It Helps Children Develop Skills
Another good news you need to hear is your children will learn problem-solving skills when they learn to adapt to the new family. Also, your children now have more loving, responsible adults in their lives who will love them as their own.
Your Blended Family Can Become Role Models to Others
What every couple in a blended family should hear before it’s too late is they don’t have to face this alone. While there are millions of couples that have faced the same challenges you are facing, you can show them how you made it possible.
Tip: You can actually meet with other blended families and gather around for some lunch or dinner as you share your experiences with each other. Doing this will inspire them to continue what they’ve started and to help you learn from their experiences as well.
You Don’t Have to Stay in One Place
No matter where you are today, you don’t have to stay there. If you get the tools you need to address the issues you are facing in your family, you will be able to transform your family from where it is today to where you’ve always wanted it to be.
Check out this video below where we share exactly what we did to keep our marriage and blended family together. Watch this video to learn how to save your marriage too:
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This list of relationship advice and tips on how to save your marriage when you’re in a blended family is exactly what we needed to hear to turn things around. We hope this list on how to save a relationship you truly care about also helps you in your own relationship troubles. We didn’t come into our marriage with the skills we needed to face the unique challenges blended families face, and they blindsided us and almost took us out. However, the good news is they didn’t! Having a family that is thriving is not only for a lucky few. Everyone that has a blended family can share in the good news.
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on September 22, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.