Establishing a bond with your spouse's children
If you happened to get married later in life, you may have found yourself tying the knot with an entirely different family then the one that existed prior to your relationship. This can make the situation a bit awkward, especially if you didn't expect your spouse to have children from a previous marriage. However, there's no reason why you can't get along with your new family.
While it may be intimidating to try to please your stepchildren at first, doing so sooner rather than later can help you establish familial bonds.
One way that you can forge a relationship between you and your spouse's kids is by scheduling individual outings, according to Family Education. Choose an activity that the both of you can enjoy, but don't force intimacy. Allow the situation to guide you and you'll be surprised at how easy it is to get to know the person.
Another way that you can immediately transition into life with new adult children is through setting limitations and mutual respect, according to HelpGuide.org. For example, if the child doesn't want to call you "mom," don't force the issue.
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