Blending families happily after divorce can be a challenging endeavor. Many families begin their journeys with high hopes and dear dreams, only to find themselves feeling in over their heads. But where do they turn? Who knows the usual pitfalls and problems associated with blended families? Who knows how to fix things or how to make things better? A professional who has education and experience that is specific to divorced and blended families is the place to turn. Work with these families is not like work with traditional nuclear families. The typical concerns in any family are multiplied and more complicated when it is blended after divorce.
Blended family coaching can be helpful at any stage, too -- before blending, right after blending, or years down the road when new matters come up as kids get older. If any of the following topics are a current concern for your blended family, coaching will help you to be happier and less stressed.
When to introduce a dating relationship to kids
When to tell kids (and exes) that we want to remarry
When to include kids in decisions, when not to
House rules, privileges and consequences
Who makes the final parenting decisions for which kids
Different rules from house to house
Household chores when kids alternate places
What to do when it is not what you expected
Attending kids' activities
What about grandparents?
Half, Step, "real" -- what do we call each other
Couple time competes with time for kids
What the children's other parents say to them about our blended family
What is 'normal sibling behavior' in a blended family
Is it supposed to be difficult? How long is it this difficult? Are we doing it wrong?
Cell phones, cars, dating, and graduations