Should she continue the relationship with these nonbiological children, even though she has no legal claim to them? Kelly, a marriage therapist from Colorado, notes that often step-children can be a contributing factor to divorce.
Many blended-family parents disagree over how to raise his, hers, and their children.
And if that couple winds up divorcing, the tree splinters even further.
Because there is no biological bond that obligates a step-family member to stay in contact with other steps, the rules of engagement can be confusing and tense.
But try to drag her away into the scary deep waters where she can't touch bottom and you invite pure panic!
Kicking, screaming, and clawing her way across your face and out of your arms, she try to thrash back to the side to the steps, where she was happiest.
Healing is also necessary to follow God's command to" do unto others what you would have them do unto you," (Matthew ).
Tension that exists between step-children and step-parents seems like normal childhood rebellion, but in many cases may actually run deeper.
Paul Hokemeyer, a New York therapist, says couples and children need to determine if they want those relationships to continue after divorce.
If you’re divorced, or have ended a long-term relationship, well-meaning relatives and friends may encourage you to start dating again soon.
But how will you know when you're ready for a new relationship?