While stepfamilies face lots of 'interesting' challenges! - it's not all doom and gloom and sometimes we need to put things in perspective.
All couples and families face problems - lots of the time. It's not just the preserve of stepfamilies! Although it's important to recognise any problems you might have in your family it's also important not to get obsessed by them and keep everything in perspective.
Take a moment to count your blessings. In today's fast moving world it's easy to forget how much we have to be grateful for - whether it's a great relationship with our partner, supportive family and friends, happy and healthy children or a lovely home. Remember life's never perfect but we can always strive to make it as good as possible!
A number of stepfamilies who considered themselves 'successful', having gone through the various stages and emerged relatively unscathed they wanted to share the 'secrets of their success' with others. Take a look through the list below and ask yourself if you're currently doing this in your family - if not, why not give it a try and see if it makes a difference in your family.
- Have realistic expectations and don't try and rush things - stepfamilies take time to form and develop