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It’s essential to be supportive to you partner in any relationship, but it’s needed even more in a blended family. There are four key areas where support is important, which are parenting, work, lifestyle, and personal development.

 

Parenting

Always backup your partner and be their teammate

Support them emotionally through painful parenting moments

Help with general parenting responsibilities

 

Work and business life

Get interested in your partner’s work

Be emotionally supportive if they’ve had a tough day

Be supportive of work relationships

 

Lifestyle

Encourage and support activities or hobbies that bring your partner joy

Be supportive of outside friendships

Don’t get jealous of their friends

 

Personal Growth

Encourage them when they succeed

Help to hold them accountable

Don’t  point out their failures

Don’t try to derail them

 

Aside from this, it’s also a good idea to be a supportive stepparent and a supportive co parent to the ex, or other bio parent.

 

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Blended families have been portrayed in TV and film for many years. I’ve compiled a list of the most popular movies and shows you should check out with your own blended family!

In Television
Brady Bunch
Who’s the Boss
Full House
Drake and Josh
The Foster’s
Modern Family
Life with Derek
Step by Step
Sister Sister
Two and a half Men
Different Strokes

 

In Film
Brady Bunch
Yours, Mine, and Ours
Stepmom
The Parent Trap
Mrs. Doubtfire
Step Brothers
Elf
Blended

 

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Many adolescents struggle with their sexual identity.  If they identify as bisexual, lesbian, gay, or transexual, it can be much easier for them if they come from a home that is sex positive.

 

Blended families can be harder for a child to reveal their sexual identity to, as there are more people involved, each whom may have a differing opinion. It’s important for the entire family to come together and support the child in the coming out process.

 

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