|When Professional Support May Help Your Family|
Hopefully, as your stepfamily grows closer, you will feel support and encouragement from within the family as well as from friends and your community. In addition, you can find it is support groups such as those sponored by the Stepfamily Association of America, Inc. (www.saafamilies.org). However, if certain negative feelings and behaviors just won’t go away, the support of a professional counselor may help you find solutions.
According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (www.aacap.org), visit a psychiatrist if the following signs persist:
- your child openly resents or vents anger on a particular family member
- one parent suffers stress and is unable to help meet a child’s needs
- a parent openly favors one of the children
- discipline of a child is left to only one parent rather than involving both
- members of the family are not enjoying activities that are typically considered pleasurable