Feeling alone and disconnected is often reported by many stepfamily members. Adults feel that nobody really understands them, nor can anyone relate to what they are going through. In a support group, people often find comfort in like-minded and like-experienced people. Together they learn what works and what doesn’t work. They support one another in their trials and tribulations, on this complex road to establishing a step family that feels and operates like a real family.
The following 7 tips will shed some more light on the benefits of being part of a step family support group. You will:
- Meet like-experienced people.
- Get validation for your step family life style.
- Learn from other people’s experiences.
- Express your frustrations and concerns.
- Share your successes with the group.
- Start a support group in your area.
- Mentor other step families in starting a support group.
1. Meet like-experienced people.
2. Get validation for your step family lifestyle.
3. Learn from other people’s experiences.
4. Express your frustrations and concerns.
5. Share your success with the group.
6. Start a support group in your area.
7. Mentor other step families in starting a support group.
The more step family support groups, the more step family success will happen. Step families are often confused as to where they fit in within the traditional family structure. Acknowledging that step families are different from biological families, not better or worse is an important step in embracing step families as a viable family unit. Step family support groups help greatly in step families’ journey towards feeling like real families.