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November Stepfamily-inFormation articles: what do your kids need?  pilgr-@aol.com
 Nov 08, 2006 10:22 PST 
Hi - Do you agree that your (step)family exists to nurture (fill the needs of) your adults and kids? To nurture effectively, co-parents (stepparents and bioparents) need a clear understanding of what each dependent child needs. Typical kids of parental divorce (or death) and re/marriage have up to four sets of concurrent developmental and family adjustment needs requiring patient, informed adult help to fill. Can you name what each of your kids need from you adults now? See, tailor, and discuss these articles to find out:

http://sfhelp.org/10/dvl-needs.htm

http://sfhelp.org/10/kid-needs.htm and

http://sfhelp.org/10/kid-dx.htm

For "extra credit," add this perspective on 8 stages of universal human needs:

http://sfhelp.org/01/erikson8.htm

As always, your feedback on these articles and the nonprofit Stepfamily inFormation Web site are most welcome.

With best wishes for appreciating and enjoying all your family has to be thankful for -

- Pete

Peter K. Gerlach, MSW; author and founder
nonprofit Stepfamily inFormation program (sfhelp.org)
Retired Board member, Stepfamily Association of America
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