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"Hello, and welcome to the StepFamily Center! We are here to help those of you in the unique dynamic of Stepfamily life. As a Stepmother myself for more than 27 years, I know the challenges we face are very different on most days from the “normal” nuclear family. One out of 3 Americans will live as part of a Stepfamily at some point in their life, so Stepfamilies are hardly unusual! Still, while Stepfamily life has become so much more predominant, we still attempt to manage it with the same expectations as those of a nuclear family.
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"Hello, and welcome to the StepFamily Center! We are here to help those of you in the unique dynamic of Stepfamily life. As a Stepmother myself for more than 27 years, I know the challenges we face are very different on most days from the “normal” nuclear family. One out of 3 Americans will live as part of a Stepfamily at some point in their life, so Stepfamilies are hardly unusual! Still, while Stepfamily life has become so much more predominant, we still attempt to manage it with the same expectations as those of a nuclear family. Often, there are more questions than answers, and more confusions and disruptions than we could have expected. When I became a Stepmom many years ago, and all through my experience, I wished I had somewhere to turn. The StepFamily Center is my dedication to helping all of us understand Stepfamily life more fully so that we can move through the challenges to develop a rewarding Stepfamily experience!"

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Welcome to The StepFamily Center

You don't have to face the challenges of being in a remarriage with children alone. At The StepFamily Center in Beverly Hills, we know how difficult it can be to navigate stepfamily life. We are here to help you build stronger relationships and get the support and guidance you need to have a successful stepfamily, or blended family.

The StepFamily Center, founded by Susan Swanson, PhD, LCSW, provides in-person and phone coaching to both individuals and stepfamilies. As a stepmother herself, Dr. Swanson offers a unique perspective on how to better handle the challenges that come along with remarriage and blended families.

On our website, you will find numerous articles that can help you get the knowledge you need for your stepfamily to thrive. Whether you are a stepmom, stepdad, or stepkid, or are entering into a new marriage, we hope to be a place you can come to find answers and ask questions.

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