Approximately 40% of families in the US are blended or stepfamilies. The dynamics of living in a blended family can be extremely complicated, especially if you have children from both marriages. While these dynamics can be difficult to navigate, they are not impossible.
Today, we’ll be showing you how to tackle common challenges with your blended family. Let’s get straight into it.
Challenge 1: Mixing Family Traditions
Family traditions are unique to different marriages. Living in a blended family demands the mixing of family traditions, which may sometimes clash. The only way to mix different family traditions without any issues is to compromise.
When family traditions clash, you and your spouse will have to decide which ones you should let go of. Don’t forget to involve the kids for a unanimous decision. Also, try to create new traditions for your blended family.
Challenge 2: Sibling Rivalry
Sibling rivalry plays out in all types of families, but is worse in blended ones. Having stepsiblings can sometimes breed jealousy, resentment, and conflict. To mitigate sibling rivalry, you should consider:-
- Setting rules and expectations that focus on respecting each other
- Planning activities involving the entire family
- Putting up pictures of each kid around the house
- Giving every child their own personal space
Over time, sibling rivalry dies down. However, you need to take a proactive approach to nip it in the bud before it spirals out of control.
Challenge 3: Adjusting to Different Discipline Styles
Different discipline styles are always a bone of contention with most blended families. You can sidestep issues with discipline by letting the main parent be the primary disciplinarian. The other spouse can focus on creating solid bonds with the kids. With time, they can introduce their own discipline styles, allowing for compromise when necessary.
Navigating Blended Family Challenges Simplified!
The challenges of being in a blended family may seem monumental, but they’re nothing you can’t handle. Use the above tips to help you navigate some of the most common challenges facing blended families. Still, it’s always a good idea to seek professional help to ensure a thriving blended family.
Contact us today, and we can help get your blended family on the right track.