Sunday, August 21, 2011

Living in a Step Family - Western Australia

Couples with children from previous relationships may need strategies.

Strategies on communication, agreement on discipline – who spells out the rules and what the rules are – and on handling competing demands. It is just as important for couples to ensure that in a busy week there is time just for each other.

The six-week course covers

  • the differences and uniqueness inherent in step families
  • the need to let go of the past in order to devise mutual expectations, which requires good communication skills
  • parents’ roles and challenges in the step family, and the need to establish positive biological and step-parent roles
  • what children experience and how they cope in step families
  • nurturing the couple bond and development of conflict resolution skills particular to the step family experience
  • charting of step family stages and the building of new step family traditions.
Source: Living in a Step Family

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