Blended Family Tips: Who Should Discipline?

How does discipline work in a blended family? Should the stepparent discipline or take a step back? What's best for the kids and unity in the family?
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One of the hardest things about blending a family after divorce and then remarriage is trying to figure out new family rules, especially those involving discipline. The rules your kids are used to are not likely the same rules the other children had. How do you create a unified blended family and prevent chaos and confusion? Who is in charge of disciplining and how does that work? These are some tips that helped my spouse and I navigate this tricky territory in our blended family, along with other tips that I’ve found that I wish I had know back then. We have now been married five years and we and our kids have come a long way. Things are far from perfect, but time and effort creates great progress.

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