There's so much that's been said before about stepfamilies - I won't try and say it all again here. That would have me raving on yet again, with one of those super long blog posts - where you kind of doze off somewhere in the midst of that huge sea of text round about the paragraph five or six mark. Besides, there are heaps of people around who specialise in writing for and about step/blended/reconstituted/new families (maybe after all this time, we could just simply call them 'families') , and they do it so much better than I could ever aspire to.
However, in the interests of supporting blended families and the multitudes of challenges they live with, I do want to mention a few things (OK, there's five..), that I've noticed from my practice, which seem to be areas where folks frequently get bogged down. If you've lived in a blended family at some point in your life, chances are you've got your own essentials that you'd add to your own list. There are probably at least another dozen points I'd like to include here. But for now, here are my Big Five:
That's it from me - watch out for the blades in the blender - they can be sharp!
As always, if you live around these parts of the planet (Christchurch, New Zealand), and you want help with any of this stuff, please feel free to make contact with me.
Otherwise, catch you soon...
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