Parenting can be a challenge in any family, but living in a stepfamily can add more issues to the parenting role. Children look at the world differently than adults. Partners forming stepfamilies expect joy, peace and happiness that may have been lost in earlier relationships Children may view the stepfamily much differently.
A stepfamily is a ready-made family from the beginning. Family members must learn to live together. Sometimes this is not an easy process which can take a lot of time. There are many stepping stones to creating a successful stepfamily. Numerous resources have been created for helping stepfamilies adjust to the very normal transitions they have to make for healthy family living. Stepping Stones for Stepfamilies include a six-lesson home study course, a teaching guide with video/DVD, participant fact sheets, and a comprehensive training manual for community family life educators.