Friday, September 5, 2014
Dealing with Common Stepparent Issues: Relating to the Former Spouse
Relationships can be tricky, and adding stepfamilies or blended families into the equation can make them even trickier. In preserving relationships, facing common stepparent issues can sometimes require you to be an emotional athlete. However, overcoming obstacles and having a family that lives healthily and happily together can happen only if each party involved puts in effort. One common issue in stepparenting is dealing with the former spouse. In an article published in Philly.com, professional speaker and coach Cheryl Rice recounts her personal, unique story as a stepmom. She and her husband’s divorced wife were placed in a situation that neither of them would have wanted to be in. “People say that when you marry a man, you marry his family - usually referring to his parents. It's more when you marry a man with young children and a resolutely involved former wife,” Rice wrote.