Blending families when dating
A blended family or stepfamily forms when you and your partner make a life together with the children from one or both of your previous relationships.
The process of forming a new, blended family can be both a rewarding and challenging experience.
Before you blend your families sit down, make a list of "house rules" and how you will handle any boundaries are broken.
Stay attuned to the fact that your children aren't as invested emotionally and will take time to adjust.
When families "blend", though, things rarely progress smoothly.
Some children may resist changes, while you as a parent can become frustrated when your new family doesn't function in the same way as your previous one.
What are the house rules and how can you combine what is important to both of you?
Let's face it, no two homes are run exactly the same.