The best way to create stability, show love, and help your child de-stress is to keep up routines, to the best of your ability. If your partner has children from a previous relationship, you may find that they resent you at first.
This is normal and natural: You have taken some of their parent’s attention away from them.
Children know, in a way that is beyond words, that they are cherished when a parent sticks to the rules and dispenses discipline along with love.
I remember meeting with a teenager who was part of a blended family.Not only will telling your child how much you love them help reassure the child through difficult times, it will direct attention to your warm feelings towards your child—another great benefit of making this a common practice.Too often, we think of our softer emotions as a distraction from the business we need to take care of.Parents might attempt to make up for difficult life changes by offering their child fancy toys, taking them on expensive outings, letting them skip school or stay up late, and overlooking rudeness or sibling aggression.This is the wrong approach, though, as it is still likely to send the message that the parent does not care.