Becoming a step-parent can be daunting. However, by understanding our own feelings and those of others involved, a difficult task can become a rewarding experience.
Step-parents will have different backgrounds and may be divorced, single or bereaved. Some have their own children and some will be becoming a parent for the first time. All should maintain realistic expectations of their new family life and keep a sense of humour.
Getting into a relationship with someone who has children means you have taken on a 'job lot' and the following pages aim to help you address some common challenges.
- Building Bonds (including meeting your step-child for the first time)
- Sibling Rivalry in Step-families
- Involving Extended Family and Friends
- Money Issues
- Dealing with Ex-partners
- What if we want a child together?
- Same Sex Step-Parenting
- Marital Breakdown Involving Step-Children
- Top Tips
- Useful Sources of Information and Support
Parentchannel.tv have produced a short video about some of the possible issues and how how to deal with them.