Happiness in Blended Family Case Study

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Rose and Jason have been dating for about a year now and both have children from previous relationships. They have continued their special activities with their own children and have begun to establish new rituals (activities) as a “family.” They have discussed the possibility of taking all the children on a “family” vacation as well as would like to take their relationship to the next step and get married. The couple is concerned that their children may feel as if they are being forced to befriend the other children and do not want to cause any conflicts. Both parents would like to establish a relationship with the other’s children but do not want them to feel like they are trying to replace the respectable biological parent. The children like the idea of having additional siblings but the girls are concerned that mom will not have the time for “girl things” and that they will have to share their games with the boys. The boys are concerned that they will no longer get to go on their outings with just their dad and that they are concerned with giving up their personal space to the girls. In my opinion, these are all valid concerns but nothing that cannot be worked through with communication via family meetings and some compromise as well as reassurance from each parent to the children. It is great that the parents have both agreed to take things slowly in introducing the children to each other as well as to the other adult. The parents have also agreed to create new traditions and activities that will help to establish a feeling of togetherness. “All families struggle at times to be happy, but blended families often have bigger obstacles to face than others. For instance, the quality of the relationship between the stepparent and the stepchildren has a big impact on the level of happiness in a blended family. Loyalty issues with the…...

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