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Cooking up a happy step family is like a making a casserole in a slow-cooker – learn my simple recipe to take the stress out of it ? Step families – are you finding it tough to ‘blend?
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to blended or combined families, and no right or wrong when it comes to describing yourself as a combined family. There are great things about being in a combined family, as well as some challenges.
Stepfamilies have a bad image. Think of Snow White’s jealous stepmother or Cinderella’s ugly sisters or at the other end of the spectrum, picture the unrealistically positive stepfamily, such as the Brady Bunch.
But real life is more complicated that either of those stepfamily models and stepchildren have to come to terms with lots of new and often confusing situations – their “new” family, their parent’s new partner, their new stepbrothers or sisters and a whole new way of life, different rules, different schools, different routines.
The whole experience can leave children feeling isolated, confused, anxious, or resentful and there can also be pressure to be a ‘perfect family’, but it takes time to get to know one another.