It's important to examine inherent stepfamily challenges. Understanding and avoiding those pitfalls becomes the foundation for building a successful stepfamily. It's essential to keep the beacon of hope bright throughout the process of becoming a strong stepfamily.
As architects of your new stepfamily, be sure to take time to celebrate your progress, small steps and successes. It's important to recognize the many strengths that exist in your new family, so take time to identify that strong foundation. It's easy to identify the problems, but focusing only on what's wrong can create a negative domino effect and undermine your new stepfamily's chance of success and happiness.
Here's some strengths of living in a stepfamily! Identify your own. Please take time to read more about many stepfamily strengths in Chapter 16 of the comprehensive Strengthening Your Stepfamily, sold through this website on the bookstore page. These important strengths furnish hope—the heart of your stepfamily—that is necessary to remain positive during tough times. Without the focus of hope, your journey will be much more difficult than it needs to be—and far less fun.
What are some of your stepfamily's strengths? How could your family become more effective by focusing on those strengths? What do you consider your greatest family strength? Celebrate your joy!!
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