Step-Parenting/Blended Families

step-family talking to psychologistWhile studies have shown that nearly half of marriages end in divorce, the result is that many children live with a biological parent and a stepparent, or a “bonus” parent. The joining of two parents and their respective children can create challenges, as children may be accustomed to different parenting styles and family routines. As they adapt to the new family structure, children are likely to experience stress and/or behavior problems due factors such as; visitations, conflict between their biological parents, between one parent and the stepparent, or with their stepsiblings.

It is important that parents come to an understanding and agreement about discipline, privileges, and expectations concerning their blended family. At Ray Levy, Ph.D.  & Associates, we help parents navigate this road of divorce and remarriage and help families come to these new agreements.