Blending families can be difficult, but there are steps to building your new family you can take to help you along the way. Redefining boundaries and taking a close look at where things didn’t succeed the first time around can lead to a brighter path for your future.
Following a divorce, learning how to be alone is the most important step to take before jumping into a new relationship. Time can help heal old wounds and, with a little bit of humility and clarity, can also help you leave your “old baggage” at the curb, and not bring it into a new relationship.
Your newfound inner strength can be an asset that can only enhance your new relationship. Once this is achieved and you are ready to create a blended family, keep in mind that a strong foundation starts with trust, honor and respect—first with self, then with others.
Here are seven simple rules to keep in mind with regard to creating healthy boundaries for blended families:
It is critical to continue to have open discussions with all parties involved in order to create and design a harmonious vision of what is expected in coming together as a new, blended family. Being a united team/family means being flexible, realistic and consistent with our boundaries. Hopefully, these seven simple rules can be useful in helping the blended family build a new foundation based on trust, honor and respect.
By // Darcy Child with Iris Look