Parenting in Blended Families


Blended families are more common than ever as people with children connect with new partners after divorce or separation. These families come in all shapes and sizes; one or both parents may have children, and they may decide to have children together. 

One thing is certain – you have to work hard in a blended family to build lasting relationships based on love and trust. The Parenting in Blended Families workshop will help you understand the roles of the natural and step-parent, common issues in blended families, and your children’s responses to the breakups of prior relationships. In this full-day course, we’ll provide step-parenting tips and help you develop strategies for a more positive and healthy home together. 

Who Can Attend?

  • Any parent or guardian who is parenting as part of a blended family
  • Blended families interested in establishing positive parenting practices or addressing conflicts

What you will learn?

You will build skills that can help you overcome common concerns in blended families by understanding:

  • What is a blended family and how step-families develop
  • How to create parenting plans and discipline in blended families
  • The different parenting styles that can appear in blended families
  • The role of the natural parent
  • The role of the step-parents
  • The dynamics of parenting step-children and supporting the relationship between step-children and step-parents

By the end of the course, you will feel more comfortable:

  • Creating effective parenting strategies and giving positive feedback
  • Communicating with your children and step-children
  • Building and maintaining healthy relationships with children and step-children

When and where is it offered?

  • The class is available as a group workshop and a private class.
  • The group class is offered several times per year. Scroll down for upcoming dates.
  • You can attend this class in person at our office at 9912-106 Street, Edmonton.
  • In our group workshops, you will have many opportunities to ask questions, learn about yourself and your family, hear others’ experiences, and practice new skills. Many people who attend our workshops say they feel better after attending because they realize that they are not alone.
  • In a private class, you will receive the same amount of information as our group workshops, condensed into 3 hours with the facilitator. These are ideal for individuals or couples who want to get started sooner than the next group workshop, can’t attend the group workshops due to work schedules or other personal commitments, or simply prefer a more private setting.

How much does it cost?

Group workshop: $150 per person. Are you attending the class with someone, such as a family member, partner, co-parent, or a friend? Additional participants pay only 50%.

Private session: $325

If you cannot afford the full cost, the group workshop is offered at no cost thanks to funding from the City of Edmonton Family and Community Support Services.

If you'd like to donate to The Family Centre in lieu of paying for the class, you can do so here. All donations go right back into covering the next person who cannot afford the full fee. Please add “Education Services” to the message field.

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07 Sep

The Family Centre acknowledges that we are on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and traveling route for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

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