Stepfamilies and how to survive them takes time, patience, understanding and compromise. If these relationships hit an issue, they are usually highly charged situations with a heightened state of emotion which brings feelings that often take you by surprise.
If you are willing to put in the work, then the situation can get easier.
If you have come together as a newly formed couple after a separation, divorce or bereavement, and bring children into your relationship, you can experience a roller coaster of emotions. It may be a bumpy ride! Whether you are the parent or step-parent, raising children in a blended family can be hard work. We see parents being manipulated and worn down but also being too harsh and defensive. If you are struggling with how your partner is parenting, or if you want to find a way of being a stronger team in a newly formed family, couple counselling can really help to smooth the transition.