One of the most successful classes offered by the Child and Family Support Center is one for step-families. The next session is coming up in March. The instructor, Karen Allison, said both parents and children attend.
“They go into another classroom and they’re learning the same things that the parents are learning,” Allison said, “everything from what it’s going to be like having new family members, cooperation, talking to your parents, guidance.
“The kids really get a sense of it’s not just we’re throwing them together: here you have a new mom or a new dad, here you have some new siblings. It’s learning how to deal with that, and how to cope with that. The kids, they seem to really enjoy it.”
On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Monday, Allison said things are often a little unnerving for members of step-families for a while and the classes really seem to help. She said sometimes the parents come without the children and that also helps.