FamilyLife Blended® Minute
The Parental Unity Rules Part 2
Now here's another no-brainer about blended families: adding a stepparent to the parenting team is bound to change something.
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When things change maintain your parental unity by letting the biological parent communicate the change in rule. Sometimes a stepparent's authority is naturally questioned by kids. When things are changing they really need to hear from their mom or dad. Have a parent meeting to discuss what the new rule is and how you're going to communicate it and then stand side by side as the biological parent does much of the talking. It is vitally important that you maintain a united front.
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
Now here’s another no-brainer about blended families: adding a stepparent to the parenting team is bound to change something.