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Today I want to discuss blended families and how to make blended families work.

Looking to achieve blended family bliss? Add one part parent, one part new spouse. Blend in children, stepchildren, jobs, new living arrangements, and a hefty dose of good intentions. Voilá! If only it were that simple. Whether you call it a stepfamily, a blended family, or the craziness-that-is-my-life, making it work the second time around can take some extra effort. But never fear--it can be done!

First, a reality check.
Whether your family is blended or biological, being married and raising children will always have moments that are frustrating and challenging. "National surveys of remarried couples with children rate children as the number-one cause of conflict between them," says JoAnne Pedro-Carroll, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author of Putting Children First: Proven Parenting Strategies to Help Children Thrive Through Divorce. Start with a positive attitude, a willingness to do the hard work, and realistic expectations.

There are many reasons family counselling may be needed.
- The blended family
-The disconnected family
-The Loner
-The drama queen 

-The addict
-The secret keeper
-The sexual drought
- Intimacy as punishment 

- Growing apart 
- Holding grudges 

Blending a family is not going to be a "walk in the park", it will be hard, there will be some tears, some disagreements, you mat even second guess your self but learn to love thru it, you will make it. Make family fun, do fun things together, make sure you give your step kids the same love you give your kids,don't make them feel like the "second" kids from the second family, involve them in activities. 

There are many reasons why families benefit from counseling. Not all of the indicators for a therapy need are listed here, but often, families that are experiencing something,not on the list will also be experiencing one that is. To find out more about how family counseling can help your family start talking to a therapist today.

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