According to a 2011 study by the Pew Research Center, over 40% of adults have some type of step- relationship. This means that they are a step-parent, step-child, or a step or half sibling. Chances are, you or someone that you know is in a step-family. And you may or may not be aware of this, but your actions and your words could be impacting the step-family in your life more than you know.
Building a step-family (or blended family) comes with so many unforeseen challenges. I’ve heard many families say that they felt “blindsided by” or “sucker punched by” or “unprepared for” the emotional roller coaster that they experienced when they brought two households together. And the last thing these families need is to have their extended families and friends doing or saying things that make matters worse.
All families, especially step-families, need our support. As Rahaman Kilpatrick states in his article,Our Marriages Need a “Village” to Help Them Succeed:
But I don’t think a lot people realize that a marriage is sometimes another entity from the two people that are in the marriage. The marriage is like a child. And the same way you’ve heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child, likewise sometimes it takes a village to keep a marriage together. But in order to do that, the married couple have to have that “village.”
Check out 10 ways you can help the step-family in your life.