Blended Families: Marrying into family with mental illness

Blended Families: Marrying into family with mental illness

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Numerous challenges are associated with being a new stepparent. Some stepparents have an additional challenge: A member of their new family is mentally ill. This family member could be a stepchild or the new partner’s sibling.

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Blended Families: Dealing with insecurity as a stepparent

Blended Families: Dealing with insecurity as a stepparent

Sept. 16, 2015, marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Parenting isn’t always easy, but living as a stepparent can provide its own unique set of challenges. Stepparents often feel like outsiders, unsure of how they fit in within the more traditional family unit.

Here are some helpful tips for dealing with insecurity as a stepparent.

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Blended Families: Navigating through adjustment disorders

Blended Families: Navigating through adjustment disorders

Sept. 16, 2015 marked National Step Family Day, a celebration of the unique challenges and triumphs of blended families.

Divorce is difficult. Entering a new family as a step-parent is difficult. Children and adolescents can have an especially hard time adjusting to the presence of a new family member — or the absence of an old family member — and may be at risk for an adjustment disorder.

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