Adele Cornish, BSW

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After a Parent’s Death

When a biological parent dies, a child may look towards their new stepparent to meet the needs that would normally be fulfilled by the lost parent. As the following example shows, while a stepfather or stepmother may be successful in meeting these needs, they may or may not necessarily experience the same emotional connection as they do with their own children.

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Blending After Divorce: If you or your partner been through a divorce, here’s some advice for your blended family

I get many stepparents telling me their partner wants their blended family to function in the same way a first marriage does where both biological parents are present. Having gone through a broken relationship, they hope to recreate the experience of a nuclear family again by expecting their partner, the new stepmom or stepfather to fulfil all the roles and duties of a biological parent with the same passion.

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Thinking of Leaving or Divorce?

When the going gets tough, it’s tempting to get going, but is it the right thing to do?

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Blended Family Wellness Test

To find out what state your blended family is currently in, answer the following 10 questions either:
“Yes” or “No”

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Preparing to Blend?

Blending two families a process that takes time (seven years on average). There is no such thing as “instant love” between those in a step relationship. Family members need plenty of time to get used to their role and the expectations within the new family unit.

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