Blending families can be incredibly difficult. Stepfamilies are challenging and many fail, often because the kids don't get along. The children may not like a stepparent, or the parents may not handle the numerous difficulties very well. All of these factors contribute to problems in the stepfamily. What should stepparents-to-be discuss before jumping into a second or third marriage? There are several things parents can do to help their children adjust to the fact that they are introducing a stepmother or stepfather into their household. Remember that in stepfamilies the kids become siblings, not friends. Siblings want time away from their siblings and don't want to include them in everything. Resentment and unhappiness cause stepfamilies real problems. We have lots of tips for creating and nurturing your new blended family! One of the most common problems in stepfamily life stems from the different parenting styles of the parent and their partner. It can be tough figuring out what style works best, especially when you don't share the same parenting style. Learn some tips about blending your styles together to create a plan that works for both of you and your family.