Real Solutions for Real Stepfamilies
On this episode of The Smart Divorce with Deborah Moskovitch, we discuss Real Solutions for Stepfamilies.
Our guest, Mary Kelly provides us with a framework for considerations when having the important conversations when merging families. She provides the do’s and don’ts for making this new family more likely to work. Ms. Kelly is a therapist who has been working with and writing about stepcouples, stepfamilies, step kids, stepmoms and stepdads for over a decade. The number one declaration that stepcouples, and especially stepmothers tell her is: “We/I had no idea it would be this hard!”Why is it so hard? In this episode of The Smart Divorce we discuss what many in remarriage or re-partnership with children find themselves saying:
- “Am I really supposed to love his/her children?”
- “What does being a step-parent mean?”
- “Do I really parent a child who isn’t mine?”
- “Just because I don’t have kids, doesn’t mean I don’t have a valid opinion.”
- ….and much more
And, then, based on these conversations provide solutions and strategies to maintain a healthy, loving relationship for the couple.
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