These days it can often feel like a 'normal' nuclear family is something of a rarity; that most families are varied, broken up or diverse. Children find themselves with step-parents, half-siblings, or living in single-parent households – even having same-sex parents. It's a time when the family unit is a much more flexible arrangement, rather than the biological 'Mom, Dad.
The most common structure away from the traditional is that of two families coming together, creating step-parents and step or half-siblings and therefore a whole new family; and this book looks at how parents can build a step-family successfully and also gives you the guidance and support to overcome much of the difficulties with a mixed family.
What you read here may not directly address your own situation, but we have tried to give a broad overview, and this book should help you understand some of the challenges associated with blended families, and developing new coping mechanisms and strategies to deal with them.