Needs of Children in Blended Families

In his book Family First, Dr. Phil devotes an entire chapter to special strategies for divorced and blended families. He explains that most of the hurdles faced by parents in a nontraditional structure are the same as those faced by parents in a traditional structure: "Kids are kids, and you shouldn't assume that because your soloing the parenting process or parenting with a partner who's just come onboard, the tools of parenting and family life are somehow different." However, he says there are extra challenges to contend with, and those extra challenges require extra tools.

Here's a brief look at what Dr. Phil says are the most profound needs of children in nontraditional families:

For a more complete understanding of the needs of how to navigate and nurture your nontraditional family, see Chapter 2 in Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family.