do you see as the most important concept for step-families to address or
incorporate to build strong family relationships?
Inclusivity - inclusion vs.
exclusion! This has to be intentional. Step-relationship development is
complicated and is being done with people you don’t know very well, love, or
sometimes even like. It also will include personal responsibility regarding
owning your own attitudes and behavior. It can be a wonderful place for
personal growth and maturity. Lastly it will include educating yourself
regarding the new stepfamily territory you are entering. Then you know what
your new “normal” is and realize the obstacles you will encounter and a
productive way to handle them. As one person said, “We are no longer surprised
by the surprises!”