Resentment and jealousy in blended families

Meg Newman, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist, shares advice for stepparents on how to help their stepchild overcome their resentment and jealousy
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Resentment and jealousy in blended families

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My step-daughter does resent, at times, not being able to live with us full time. Especially, when she sees our family being intact with her half-sibling, my son. I think there is a part of her that wants to be with us all the time and there is a part of her that likes to go to her mom's and be with her mom. What I do to help her deal with those feelings is I let her know how important she is in our house and also, how lucky she is to be a part of two great households. She gets to have twice the love and twice the amount of family members that love her. I let her know all the strengths that she has being in two places.

Meg Newman, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist, shares advice for stepparents on how to help their stepchild overcome their resentment and jealousy

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Meg Newman, MS, LMFT

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Meg Newman is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Venice and Tarzana CA. Meg is also a mother and stepmom. Meg has worked as a therapist with children and teens focusing on a variety of issues concerning anxiety, eating disorders, body image, substance abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. Meg is native to Los Angeles and loves spending time with family, as well as snowboarding as often as possible.

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