Blended Families Research Paper

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Blended Families Did you know that one third of all children in the United States (US) are expected to live in a stepfamily before they reach the age of 18[helpguide.org 2008]? While some people consider blended families abnormal, they can be just as good as a “regular” family. With blended families becoming more common, there are more studies being done to show both the similarities and differences between “regular” and blended families. Although blended families will probably never be considered “traditional”, they are becoming more common every year. Some common myths about stepfamilies are that children of divorce are considered damaged. Some children do have problems adjusting to a new family. They may feel resentment for new…show more content…
Communication is something that is very important in creating that unified front. It is important to set aside alone time with both biological and stepchildren. It allows you to have key one-on-one time that will establish a sense of belonging to the child. Another example of this is to have family meetings. This gives everyone an opportunity to express their opinions, vent and encourage them to contribute their input on important family events and day-to-day life. Family meetings will also show the parents working as a team. Communication is a key factor in any family, but much more so in a blended family. Not only do the children need to communicate with their biological parents, they also need to feel comfortable communicating to with their stepparents. Communication between each set of parents is also essential. This leads us into co-parenting. Co-parenting is important because it keeps all the parents on the same page for discipline, activities, grades, and so forth. The rules and regulations that are enforced at one parent’s house need to be implemented at the other’s. If this does not happen, the children will learn how to “play” one parent off the other. Sometimes a child is more likely to confide in a stepparent because it is not their “real” mom or dad and they feel more comfortable. It is important that the step parent communicate to their spouse
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