Blended Families'

Fatherhood is not in the DNA

Fatherhood is not in the DNA

With the blessings of advanced technological methods, many previously unknown social questions are now easily answered through simple medical testing. Paternity validation is one of the formerly illusive pieces of information that impacts many social, psychological, [...]

How to make your second marriage better

How to make your second marriage better

All marriages have their challenges. Second marriages have additional difficulties stemming from the fact that they are the new attempt at relationship bliss. One might expect that having done it before affords second timers the experience [...]

The challenge of being a stepparent to adult children

The challenge of being a stepparent to adult children

Developing a good relationship with stepchildren living at home is a challenge. However, it is not nearly as complex as forging a healthy relationship with adult stepchildren. Your new partner’s adult children have many psychological incentives [...]

The challenges of becoming an adult stepchild

The challenges of becoming an adult stepchild

Divorce of parents is often a very difficult adjustment for children at any age. Many parents postpone their parting until their children leave home to spare them the day-to-day loss of the family unit. Yet, even [...]

How to expedite the success of the blended family

How to expedite the success of the blended family

Blended families often experience the same relationship phases as couples do. They begin with excitement and anticipated harmony, proceed to disillusionment and power struggles and some evolve into loving and functional new extended family. Yet, for [...]

How to help children adjust to the blended family

How to help children adjust to the blended family

A remarriage is a joyous event for the new couple. However, if the new family includes children from prior unions, the joy may not be fully shared by the younger generation. Parents and stepparents need to [...]

We are family

We are family

Parents need to set the tone for family unity, love and respect. The composition of modern American families is so complex, we often find it difficult to define it or even provide names for all its [...]