O a child who travels between homes may feel left out

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o A child who travels between homes may feel left out of activities at one or both homes. o Parents may worry about dividing their time between biological & nonbiological children so that no one feels left out. Role Expectations o In first marriages, couples usually follow commonly accepted norms about enacting roles such as husb&, wife, daughter, etc. The absence of norms regarding role expectations for stepfamilies creates perplexing questions. o Role expectations are especially fuzzy when it comes to extended family. Past & current in-laws & gr&parents may be unsure how to treat their new instant family members. Changes across the Life Course o People who remarry sometimes find that they & their children are at different stages of the family life course. As a result, goals may conflict. o On one h&, an older man who marries a younger woman who has young biological children may enjoy being able to watch them grow up because he has more leisure time. Stress & Resources o People who remarry usually seek someone who is more successful, more supportive, or more attentive than the ex-spouse. o In most remarriages, partners must also cope with the stress of h&ling shifting resources. o There is also a question about the remarried couple’s financial responsibilities toward aging parents. o Remarriage also increases resources. Children have more adults who care about them, may experience less conflict between biological parents, & have new stepgr&parents. Remarriage Outcomes Satisfaction o People in first marriages report greater satisfaction than do remarried spouses, but the differences are small. o The first few years of remarriage = stress from all the new complex relationships & roles Stability o ~ 60% of remarriages, compared with 45% of first marriages, end in divorce. o 3 rd marriages that end in divorce typically last ~ five years. o People most likely to re-divorce may see divorce as a quick solution to an unsatisfying marriage.
Some researches suggest that remarried spouses are more likely to be critical, angry, and irritable. During the first few years of remarriage, stress could reflect the same poor communication and problem-solving skills that led to a previous divorce. Remarried mothers benefit psychologically from remarriage when: Couple have a stable relationship Children’s lives are going well Forming a Blended Family What is a stepfamily (aka blended family)?

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