Blended Family Issues
Blended family issues refers to the unique conflicts and situations that arise when two parents marry and bring their own children from previous relationships. This can cause dynamics such as children vs. step-parent along with conflict between one parent's children against the other parent's children. This can be a result of differing parenting styles, resentment of the new step-parent, disagreement on new household rules, and competition or resentment between the two set of children. Sometimes this type of marriage requires relocation and/or changing schools and other adjustments which can exacerbate the stress that is a results of this process. Navigating all of these challenges can be very difficult and sometimes require the help of a family therapist.