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Four Ways to Help Your Kids Accept a Stepparent

You can't expect your child and the new stepparent to form an instant bond, just like you can't expect a deep bond to form between a new acquaintance, coworker, or neighbor. You may, however, help your child adjust to the new situation and encourage her to give the new stepparent a chance by taking proactive measures. Our professionals will show you how to do it.

Here are the steps you can use to help your kids accept their step mother or step father:

Validate the child's feelings.

Children are likely to experience a range of emotions as a result of their parents' divorce and remarriage. They may feel betrayed by a parent's decision to leave the marriage, enraged by the divorce, resentful that the stepparent is absorbing their biological parent's time and attention, or unsure of how to feel about their new stepparents and stepsiblings.

You may assist your child by allowing him to feel whatever emotions he is feeling, providing a safe environment for him to express these feelings, and offering the words to describe or explain contradictory or confused reactions to the new circumstance.


Spend one-on-one time with your biological child.

A stepchild will not seek to form a bond with someone who they believe threatens their mother or father's relationship. Set aside frequent time without the new stepparent or other stepsiblings to reaffirm your commitment and connection to your biological child, as well as to strengthen the youngster's faith in your love, to combat this. If your youngster doesn't feel comfortable in your affection and care, he'll probably despise his new stepparent.

Use family routines to build bonds—if it works.

Make the most of these chances to build relationships, deepen alliances, and share experiences. However, according to Dr. Papernow, for many stepfamilies, spending time together as a stepfamily is precisely when the obstacles are the most intense. If that's the case, devote additional one-on-one time to ensure that each relationship receives the attention it requires.

Communicate, communicate, communicate.

Although you don't want to bother your child with continual check-ins, it's critical that you offer her plenty of opportunities to express her views about the new family situation. How do you feel about [the stepparent] living with us now? is a simple question to ask. Is there anything [the stepparent] or I can do to make this transition easier for you? or Is there anything [the stepparent] or I can do to make this transition easier for you?

Source: https://www.parents.com/parenting/dynamics/9-ways-to-help-your-kids-accept-a-stepparent/

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