As the divorce rates and second marriage rates increase, families continuously have to figure out how to function as a blended family. “Change requires adaptation of every family member as roles and functions assume new meaning”(Edelman, Kudzma & Mandle, 2014, p151). When couples get remarried, it does not just affect them it also affects their children. Unfortunately, some ex-spouses make this problematic and dislike the new spouse, which they end up voicing to the children, and then the children end up hating the new step parent. However, some ex-spouses welcome the new spouse, and there are no issues. Not all children are going to like the change, which is why it is essential for the parents to work together to show the child change is ok. The new stepparent needs to understand that the child may not be welcoming or may feel a little uneasy at first but if the stepparent is persistent and shows that they care about the child’s best interest, the child will come around. It is crucial for the whole family to know this is not an overnight process and it is going to take some work. The child still needs to respect the new parent and make them feel welcome even if they are unsure. A marriage is a significant change for all involved, and everyone should be aware of that.
This topic is very familiar to this student. This student has seen a few divorces in her life between both of her parents and herself and has also been exposed to both situations. Thankfully, both of my parents have been welcoming and have been able to work things out, to the point that we all just met in Florida for a family vacation together to Disneyworld for my four-year-old son. One of the ex-spouses has caused drama in our family, and even after almost 20 years, it has not stopped.
Edelman, C. L., Kudzma, E. C., & Mandle, C. L. (2014). Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan(8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby
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