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Young Adults and Addiction: The Benefits of Inpatient Care

For many young people, drug use and experimentation is a rite of passage of sorts. However, experimenting with drugs and alcohol is far from harmless, and can often result in lifelong...

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Jeannette Lofas

Founder of the Stepfamily Foundation

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Sally Bjornsen

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Dr. Carl Pickhardt

Psychologist and author of Keys to Successful Stepfathering

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The First Step to Stepparenting

The First Step to Stepparenting

It may be daunting to think of being a “parent” to children you didn’t conceive, but once you get in the swing of things you’ll find it’s one of the most rewarding changes you will experience in your life.

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What's Your Stepparenting Style?

What's Your Stepparenting Style?

It's important to determine early on what your role as "stepparent" will look like. This will help you define how you fit into the family.

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Beginning to Bond

Beginning to Bond

Your biggest task in the first 30 days (and beyond) is to form a bond with your stepchild. You don’t have to be best friends, but you do have to find some common ground of mutual respect.

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Have Patience

Have Patience

Remember that this transition will take some time, so ease yourself into your new roles as spouse and stepparent. Don’t expect everything to be perfect right away, and don’t expect to know exactly how to “act” in this situation.

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Befriending the Ex

Befriending the Ex

Yes, we do recommend you get on friendly terms with your spouse’s ex. Aligning yourself with the ex- may help ease the transition in more ways than you realize.

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