FamilyLife Blended® Minute
Just Not Home Anymore
I don't know. It just doesn't feel like home anymore.
About the Guest
A 35 year-old woman said this as she reflected on her holiday family visit. She went to her childhood home but because her dad married after her mom's death he was preoccupied with his new wife and her family. All of that made home feel foreign. Changes to family traditions can make children and teens feel that way, too. That's why parents should keep some traditions. Also, acknowledge that change is hard. Talk about it. Remind them that what hasn't changed is your love for them.
Ron DealRon L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series
I don’t know. It just doesn’t feel like home anymore.