About the Guest
In our book Building Love Together in Blended Families, Dr. Gary Chapman and I discuss how blended family love associations-meaning, the qualities or behaviors we associate with love-can be different on day one in a stepfamily. A stepchild may love their stepparent, but not respect their authority. A stepparent may love the children the same, but still find it awkward to hug their stepchild. When love associations collide, you get conflict. Recognize it takes time to merge definitions of love.
What do you do when your love associations differ?