WHY HELP BLENDED FAMILIES?
- Nationally, 40 percent of couples with children are stepcouples and 100 million people in the US have a step-relationship of
- 40 percent of all new marriages in the US are remarriage for one or both of the partners (Most form stepfamilies)
- There are an additional 36 million Americans who are divorced or widowed (possibly finding themselves in a remarriage at some
- Remarriage has a higher divorce rate due to the process of stepfamily "blending"
- Stepparenting is radically different than parenting
- Marital isolation is often tied to stressors like ex-spouses, previous hurt, or holiday/special day traditions and
- Stepcouples have conflict around kids and parenting
Bringing two families together in REMMARIAGE can be joyful and chaotic! The good news is submitting your relationships to God and seeking the right resources, blended married couples can thrive. Nurturing
your marriage and making it a TOP priority is essential to preventing redivorce. Blended Families United helps stepcouples work SMARTER not
CHILDREN OF DIVORCE AND REDIVORCE are
the ones that suffer the most. For most children, the divorce of their parents is like an earthquake that destroys their home, security, and stability. Their parents' divorce marks them for the rest
of their lives. However, research confirms that children can successfully adjust to the ending of their parents' marriage and can fare reasonably well when their parents work together whether
married, divorced, or remarried to other people. We support healthy child development and preventing divorce in the next generation.
Another big part of blended family
adjustment is CO-PARENTING. Intentional and purposeful co-parenting can make an absolute difference in the emotional health, wholeness, and future stability of the children who are often caught in
the middle of unresolved issues between their parents and stepparents. To co-parent well you have to get along. You have to put your differences and emotions aside and find a way to cooperate with
him or her for the sake of the children.
Building healthy STEPFAMILY RELATIONSHIPS requires
patience and time. Research revealed that a loving, well-functioning stepfamily over time can negate many of the detrimental psychological impacts of divorce on children. The benefits to children
from healthy stepfamilies carry over to their adult years and positively impact their marital choices. It appears they have a lower divorce rate (compared to other children of divorce), and the
quality of their own marriages closely mirrors the stepfamily's healthy marriage than the poor-quality marriage that ended in divorce.