Blending two families can be an incredibly stressful process. Blended families are extremely common in the United States today. Nearly half of all children in the USA live with one biological parent and one stepparent. Bringing two parenting styles and two families together can be tough. It can take significant time and trust for a child to adapt to a new family structure. Meeting with a licensed therapist before the process begins and throughout the process can be incredibly helpful to the entire family unit.
Blended family therapy can help manage:
- Stress from major family unit changes
- Finding trust with a stepparent
- Developing relationships between a stepparent and stepchild
- Managing differing parenting values
- Processing grief and loss after divorce