Becoming a stepparent or welcoming a new stepparent into your own life can bring both challenges and benefits. It can be difficult to mesh family cultures, habits, and parenting styles, but there are also great benefits that can come from having a stepparent. These benefits include increased financial security, more love and attention at home, and hopefully a happier marriage.
It is important to mention that all families are different. All families look different and act different. Although stepfamilies are not always the best arrangement for some, it can be a great blessing to others. Here are some ways that children can benefit from having a stepparent:
- Stepparents can add love and affection to a family, and some children enjoy having more adults to care for them and love them.1
- Having two parents in the home has been shown to have many benefits for children and having two parents in the home again can be positive for them.
- Finances have the potential to improve when joining families together. This can lower the financial stress within the family and provide more comfort for everyone.
- Marrying again can also help parents become happier and feel more secure. Healthier relationships in the home can be beneficial for all family members.
Despite the potential benefits of having stepparents, there are still challenges and difficulties that come with family transitions. Many marriage and family resources suggest that parents and stepparents ought to ensure that the home is filled with love, respect, and lots of communication which can help with the transition.2 Likewise, turning to other educational resources can help individuals and families learn how to adapt and make new family dynamics work. One research study found that stepfamily educational classes helped children feel more engaged, loved, and were able to improve their relationship skills.3 Using the resources around us, like classes and other educational material, can strengthen those who are transitioning into a stepfamily, and bring hope and awareness during a unique time.