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Stepfamilies – being the biological parent

Stepfamilies – being the biological parent

Being the primary (biological) parent

When a new adult relationship is formed, this is often a really enjoyable time. However when there are children involved, the situation can become somewhat challenging as well.

Your new relationship and the bond you have as a couple needs to be strong and secure, when you are negotiating your way through being a stepfamily. It may be tested along the way, but taking some time out together when you can will strengthen and reconnect this bond. Lots of honest communication is required to define everybody’s new roles and responsibilities, especially in the initial stages. Try not to assume anything, be aware that you have separate loyalties to your children and new partner, and be open and honest when talking about these loyalties.

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