Fear The Walking Dead & Stepfamily Dynamics
I find it very interesting in watching this new program, Fear The Walking Dead that describes a "dysfunctional blended family"
What are I observed is a typical stepfamily, coping with typical stepfamily issues. The one exception is not a teenage boy appears
to have addiction issues -- which is not a typical issue -- but of course it does happen..
The stepcouple obviously moved in together recently sharing some very passionate kisses. And then there was the teenage stepdaughter ccoming out of the bathroom dressed in only a towel.
Given that this is a complex stepfamily with teenagers, it suggests that there are boundary issues that need to be addressed.
Furthermore we noticed that the teenage son who is living with his mother reluctant to visit his father and his new stepfamily - sound familiar
It is programs like these perpetuate the dysfunctional stereotype's about stepfamilies. When in fact the TV family is simply struggling with normal developmental issues.
When you watch television programs, it might be helpful to firstly adopt a critical view and secondly use this opportunity to educate others that what they are seeing a normal--albeit-- difficult stepfamily dynamics are normal. Your actions will help to stigmatize stepfamilies.
Dianne Martin, Mom and Stepmom
March 13, 2016