Merging families can be challenging. The dynamics between new step-children and step-parents may take time to settle out. Difficulties between a step-child and a step-parent can lead to larger marriage issues if not addressed. Some studies show that it can take from two to five years for a new blended family to settle into their new dynamic. Blended Family Counseling is an approach to help resolve problems that occur as a result of combining two families.
Unlike first marriages, blended families face a different set of problems. Common challenges to a blended family are
If you’re not married yet, pre-marital counseling is a good start for couples who have previously been married and have kids. This can help you equip yourself before trouble hits. If you’re already remarried then Blended Family Counseling is beneficial to establish a family consensus on rules and expectations. This type of counseling opens the doors for discussion on discipline methods and developing strategies for dealing with exes. In addition, it creates a safe space for kids to express their feelings without judgment. The goals of Blended Family Counseling are to create family cohesion, develop coping mechanisms for the kids when they feel frustrated, and to help all confront any heavy issues that need to be discussed.
When you’re ready to deal with any challenges facing your blended family call Lifeologie Counseling Grand Rapids.