Friday, January 27, 2012

Are your children struggling to cope with your new partner?

There's a lot of advice out there about how to cope with a partner's children - helpful tips about strategies to use, how to work as a team when parenting in a blended family, as well as some great insights about what the complexities are for everyone in this new family formation.

Because children don't tend to read blogs or self-help books, most of this great information is pitched at adults - i.e. parents and step-parents.

Unfortunately, as a friend of mine (who has experienced living in a blended family) recently pointed out, this can mean that inadvertantly we may reinforce the idea that the children are the problem, and that strategies must be enforced by parents to 'fix' that child, without comprehending what's going on from the child's perspective.

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