How To Connect With Your Stepkids

The fairy tales of the world have essentially ruined things for well-meaning stepparents. Between the wicked stepmothers in “Cinderella” and “Snow White,” to television movies that portray stepfathers as sinister and evil, the stereotypes are abundant.

On the flipside of that, we have the picture-perfect blended families like “The Brady Bunch,” where life’s problems are no more serious than Jan hating her glasses and everything gets resolved in a single episode. While we all want that Brady Bunch family that loves each other and gets along, life’s realities are much more complicated than a ’70s sitcom.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Census, over 50% of families are remarried or re-coupled, with 1,300 new stepfamilies forming every day. It is more and more common for people to marry someone who already has children from a previous relationship.

As we navigate this new role as stepparent, there are bound to be some bumps along the way. It can be challenging, but it can also be very rewarding, and there are ways to manage a blended family that can make the transition smooth and positive. Here are four ways to connect with your stepkids.