FamilyLife Blended® Minute
Stepparent: Do’s and Don’ts 1
Less than half of engaged couples with kids discuss how they're going to parent those kids after the wedding. Hey, that's not a good idea.
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It's vital to have a plan so here are practical do's and don'ts for stepparents. Do strive for unity in your parenting with the biological parent. Discuss your values, expectations, the boundaries you want to set, and the consequences you'll implement if the rules are broken. Don't be harsh or punish in a way that the biological parent wouldn't. And, do deepen your relationship with the children no matter their age. Relationship adds to your leadership and influence in the family.
Ron DealRon L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series
Less than half of engaged couples with kids discuss how they’re going to parent those kids after the wedding. Hey, that’s not a good idea.