In this episode, I talk with Edward and Debbie Smith of Meet The Smiths about how to make the blended family work. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are certified relationship educators, marital and premarital counselors. They often teach couples that strong marriages lead to strong children, families, churches and communities.
The Smiths definitely understand the struggles blended families encounter because they have been there. We discuss teenage dating, who disciplines the kids in a blended family, what to do and what the non-biological spouse must not do.
Don’t force the child to call the step-parent mom or dad because he or she is still observing, trying to figure out if the step-parent can be trusted. However, if you have a child who easily gravitates towards the step-parent or bonus parent, don’t prevent him or her from willingly calling him dad or her mom.
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