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Developing harmonious and happy relationships comes with its own challenges for every family. With the growing use of technology and social media, families often find it hard to get a hold of each other and to focus on what matters. While the road is bumpy and complex for all kinds of families, it is extremely treacherous for blended families trying to find the sweet spot with everyone. The early years can be extremely difficult for any blended family. Not only is the couple getting used to living life together, but they also have to manage their children properly.

Is the stress of leading a blended family pushing you to the edge? Do you feel like you aren’t able to handle the pressure anymore? Well, then you will benefit from the 10 tips that we are about to mention for step parents and their blended families: Foster Individual Relations Children in broken families often lack individual care and the emotional comfort that comes through it. They have gone through heartbreak and abandonment and suffer extreme or mild forms of abandonment trauma. The best way to get them through such a phase is to give them the individual care they require. Let your stepchild take the lead, and you should follow them by taking an interest in what they do, what they have to narrate, and what they have to speak about. Help and Support Children in the Transition The transition in families can put the children under a lot of emotional stress and trauma. Knowing how children can easily fall prey to this mental pressure, you need to ensure that they are being given the love and care they deserve. The best way to give them this love and care is by supporting them and helping them out in whatever they TIPS FOR CREATING A SUCCESSFUL BLENDED FAMILY26 LCTLCT 27 are doing. Use Laughter for Connections Laughter can help build a lot of connections within families. By using laughter as a tool, you can build connections and deeper acknowledgement of each other.

Not only does laughter help grow acceptance of each other, but by sharing smiles with each other you are also making memories that bring all of you together. You can play games together, watch a comedy movie together, or just have a pillow fight. Make sure that everyone loves what you have planned and that there are no sulking faces. Have Someone to Talk to The stress of a blended family can be too much to handle at times, which is why you need to have someone you can vent in front of. You should have someone who listens to you and is able to understand the stress that you are going through. Managing a blended family can be quite taxing, which is why you must have an outlet to vent in front of. Find Activities to Unite Each Other Activities that unite the whole family as one should be sought after. Be it a game of baseball or some other activity, but you should make sure that all of your kids and the both of you enjoy the activities you do together.

You can do your research to ask other friends what they do with their children. Have a team event where you can mix and make teams together. Respect Other Parents It can be easy to sway away in the heat of the moment and mention the other parent with disrespect. Although the children might have gone through a lot with their previous parents, they still would want them to be respected. You should make sure that you don’t mention the other parent in a disrespectful manner. Many times, we have seen a step parent make a lot of progress through genuine efforts to impress the children but then lose all that momentum by discussing the other parent in a negative light. You don’t want to be the bad example that committed this mistake, so make sure that you don’t take the name of the other manner in a disrespectful manner. Try to limit the conflicts you have, and try to contain your anger and stress because the kids and the blended family deserve your very best. Find a Respite Together Even the most dedicated stepparents can get tired and exhausted from all the work, which is why you need an occasional respite from the storm to get the engine going again. You need time to refuel and reignite the love you have so that your relationship remains strong and clear of any disputes whatsoever. You can plan a getaway with your partner; so that the both of you can reignite the love you have and enjoy the sights and sounds of a different place. Take it Slow New attachments take their time growing, so you need to take things slowly and gradually.

Do not get blown away by the need to speed up things, as you might end up making mistakes that way. Take things slowly and gradually, and let the love grow. If you try taking things a bit too fast, you might end up fueling contempt and disrespect towards yourself. Keep Focusing On Your Marriage One of the biggest mistakes made by so many couples is that they start focusing on the children and forget to look after the relationship they share. Your marriage should be taken care of as well so that the both of you don’t let the stress of running a blended family come in the way of your marriage. Have your time together, and keep going out on private dates. Work as a Team Finally, it is even more important for blended families to work as a team, than any other family. Blended families often come together after having experienced rock bottom. So, they need the sense of being in a team more than anyone else. You need to have predefined roles for everyone and the sense of responsibility that comes with working in a team. Sail the boat together, and you’d have no loose ends. We hope the steps mentioned in this article can help you move towards a blended relationship and take your marriage towards success.