4 Bonding Gestures That Make Life Easier When Joining Blended FamiliesJun 03, 2021
What are different parenting styles in a blended family?
Did you know that the prevalence of blended families has been on the rise for decades? According to a report by the Pew Research Center “there is no longer one dominant family form in the U.S. Parents today are raising their children against a backdrop of increasingly diverse and, for many, constantly evolving family forms (such as blended families)... data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that six-in-ten (63%) women in remarriages are in blended families, and about half of these remarriages involve stepchildren who live with the remarried couple.” Forming a blended family can often pose a lot of questions and social dilemmas.
Here are a few tips on the best way to make things work:
1) Don’t Play Favorites
As blended families start to share their lives together, personal tensions can inadvertently cause division. These divisions should never be allowed to snowball into constant arguments. Everyone should be treated equally and fairly.
2) Be Patient
Even though you might want everything to flourish into a happy home in the blink of an eye, the truth is that it takes time to win people’s trust. Beware not to force personal chemistry, or to get frustrated just because it takes time for everyone to get along.
3) Be Respectful
Joining a blended family is just like meeting new people in any other context. If you don’t make a good first impression, it’s going to be an uphill battle getting to know one another. Go the extra mile to make it clear that you’re interested in making a happy home.
4) Give the Kids Extra Attention
Young children tend to cope with change in dysfunctional ways. This is why introducing new members to the family, such as siblings or step-parents, can often be met with resistance. If young kids are going to be part of the blended family, go the extra mile to give them a sense of stability.
Falling in love is an increasingly unconventional experience in modern society. Whereas past norms were structured and predictable, couples today form unions in unique and contemporary ways. Finding happiness in a blended family is all about open-mindedness. As families get to know one another, keeping an open mind can help to foster household chemistry. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative courses, workshops and events listed on our websites and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Academy can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success. For business development coaching by Richard Martinez, call at 626-202-2291 or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
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