Tips for easing the transition into a new stepfamily

Michael Sinel, MD Dad & UCLA Assistant Clinical Professor, shares advice for parents on how to help ease the transition into a new stepfamily for the kids
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Tips for easing the transition into a new stepfamily

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When a Dad is starting a second family again the most important thing is emphasizing to your child or your children that they're are going to remain number one, that you are going to continue to be their parent and that their mother who is maybe not living with you at a time and is going to continue to be their mother and that you and their mother will make decisions together for the best of their welfare and that this new person who’s entered into their life as a step mother is not going to be deciding on what's best for them in a parental role. It's also important for them to always know that if there are other siblings involve that you honor their differences, that there may be different parenting style for one sibling versus another and that you take it slow to find common ground that as a family you could come together in things where you all have interests but you have to be very careful about feeling favoritism from one parent and it's very critical that you communicate with your new spouse. That both spouses will let their child's continue to feel very special and continue to feel they could come to their parent.

Michael Sinel, MD Dad & UCLA Assistant Clinical Professor, shares advice for parents on how to help ease the transition into a new stepfamily for the kids

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Michael Sinel, MD

Dad & Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA

Michael Sinel is an assistant clinical professor at UCLA, and author of two books. He practices Yoga and lives in Santa Monica with his family. 

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