Step families and second marriages are more common today than ever before. Over 65% of Americans are a stepparent, a stepchild, a stepsibling or a step-grandparent. This means that most of us will experience the challenges around being in a step family at some point in our life.
Experts have been predicting for decades that by 2010, there would be more step-families in America than traditional families, and we are almost there. The latest statistics show 46% of weddings taking place in the United States today, are the creation of a step family. This means there are more than 2100 new step families created every day.
Experts agree the one way to beat the odds is to get educated about step parenting and blending families. Studies have shown that pre-marital education of some kind can reduce the divorce rate by up to 30%. Couples, who seek out professional help and education about re-marriage, are more satisfied with their relationships and stay together longer.
Coach Kim recommends the following resources:
Step Parenting - Everything you need to know to make it work - by.Jeanette Lofas
The Smart Stepfamily By Ron L. Dean (a christian publication)
The goal in marriage is not to think alike, but to think together.
~Robert C. Dodds
Step Families - the odds are against usLast Updated on 2011-06-22 17:13:33We want to hear from you. Please comment on the story and share your thoughts.
Stepfamilies and second marriages are more common today than ever before. Over 65 percent of Americans are a stepparent, a stepchild, a stepsibling or a step-grandparent.
Experts have been predicting for decades that by 2011, there would be more stepfamilies in America than traditional families, and we are almost there. The latest statistics show 46 percent of weddings taking place in the United States today are the creation of a stepfamily. This means there are more than 2,100 new stepfamilies created every day.
The bad news is less than one-third of these new families will last.
The divorce rate for second marriages, when only one partner has children, is over 65 percent. When both partners have children, the rate rises to 70 percent and the divorce rate for third marriages is 73 percent.
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